[pulseaudio-discuss] default sink

Ritesh Kumar ritesh at cs.unc.edu
Sun Dec 16 22:23:53 PST 2007

On Dec 17, 2007 12:42 AM, Tanu Kaskinen <tanuk at iki.fi> wrote:

> On Sun, Dec 16, 2007 at 06:15:59PM -0500, Ritesh Kumar wrote:
> >    BTW, what does pacmd's set-default-sink/source do? What is the
> meaning of
> > the default sink? I figured out that alsamixer (through the pulse alsa
> > plugin) always changes the mixer controls for the current default sink
> as
> > per the pulseaudio daemon. However, I don't think the playback of a
> > connecting client always goes to the current default sink. Is this
> expected
> > behavior?
> I think module-volume-restore is putting the streams it
> recognizes to some other sink than the default. That is
> expected behaviour. Otherwise the default sink should get
> all new streams, assuming that the PULSE_SINK environment
> variable isn't set.

That works. However, now it seems that the current default sink is also used
for any new sink-inputs. I was hoping that the client would be associated to
the default sink when it connected and any new sink-inputs from the client
always went to that sink. Seems more intuitive, doesn't it?

> >     Plus, I had a little suggestion too. Can we have a
> > get-default-sink/source command in pacmd/pactl?
> Create a ticket in Trac. I suppose that wouldn't be hard at
> all to implement, at least for pacmd.

Done. Thanks a lot!

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