[pulseaudio-discuss] system-wide daemon

Lennart Poettering lennart at poettering.net
Wed Feb 10 14:36:25 PST 2010

On Tue, 09.02.10 09:43, Markus Rechberger (mrechberger at gmail.com) wrote:

> > Indeed. PA is principally meant to be run per-user. Each user logged in
> > will have their own PA process running and each will monitor a system
> > service called "ConsoleKit" which tracks which user is active. We adhere
> > to whatever ConsoleKit tells us with regards to which user is currently
> > "active" (see ck-list-sessions) and only the active user has access to
> > the sound hardware.
> >
> > Think about how switching users works (on Linux and on Windows/OSX).
> > Only the user whose desktop is currently presented will be allowed to
> > use sound, the other user's sound is "corked" until they become active
> > again.
> Bad example as usual, on OSX everyone (who's permitted to use the
> audio unit) can just log in and use the audio unit.

Do we need to have this pointless discussion every second months? 

Last time I checked OSX audio of the sessions that are not in the
foreground is paused, and only one session has access to the sound
cards at a time. Exactly like on PA, or on Windows.


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