[pulseaudio-discuss] Flash Video Synchronization

CJ van den Berg cj at vdbonline.com
Fri Jun 1 02:07:08 PDT 2007

On Thu, May 31, 2007 at 07:21:29PM -0400, Paul Jones wrote:
> Yep, I double checked it is all installed already. Every thing with the
> name "pulse" is installed. I said I  DO HAVE libpulse-simple but I do not
> have the following files mentioned at the revolution linux site.
> [from revolution linux]
> It first tries to detect PulseAudio by looking for socket files and
> environment variables:
>   - /tmp/pulse-<USER>/native     (I don't have it)

This file (socket to be exact) is created when you start pulseaudio under a
normal user account.

>   - /var/lib/run/pulse/native            (I don't have it)

This path is wrong. It should be /var/run/pulse/native. This is the socket
that pulseaudio creates when you run it in system wide daemon mode. (ie.
when you start it using the init script)

>   - PULSE_SERVER / PULSE_BINARY variables      (Don't know what their
>   talking about)

You force pulseaudio clients to connect to any pulseaudio daemon you want by
setting the PULSE_SERVER environment variable. For example:

$ export PULSE_SERVER=my-other-machine.local

to connect to a pulseaudio daemon running on the host
my-other-machine.local. Or:

$ export PULSE_SERVER=unix:/var/run/pulse/native

to connect to a pulseaudio daemon running in system wide mode on the local

See http://www.pulseaudio.org/wiki/ServerStrings for the full details. FAQ
#18 might be of help too.

> I seriously do not know what is going wrong. I never had a problem with
> pulseaudio before but now after I reinstalled Debian with their latest
> Lenny disc I have these problems with synchronization and system sounds.
> I don't know where I screwed up, and I've been able to setup pulseaudio on
> other computers. (Before Lenny)

PulseAudio usually works fine "out of the box" on Lenny. Maybe your best bet
is to purge all the pulse packages and reinstall.

CJ van den Berg

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