[pulseaudio-discuss] Default pulseaudio setup on ubuntu feisty prevents audio

Marc MERLIN marc_pulse at merlins.org
Tue Sep 18 14:27:50 PDT 2007

On Mon, Sep 17, 2007 at 05:06:02PM -0700, Marc MERLIN wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 18, 2007 at 02:00:26AM +0200, Lennart Poettering wrote:
> > > ubuntu comes with pulseaudio 0.9.5-5ubuntu4.1.
> > 
> > I doubt that. Last time I checked they ship it, but don't install it
> > by default.
> Mmmh, maybe it got pulled in by some dependency.
> > > So, why is pulseaudio hanging out to my sound playing devices if it's not able
> > > to play anything?
> > > Shouldn't it just syslog that it can't talk to alsa (it didn't), and then
> > > exit and release my devices?
> > 
> > Most likely Ubuntu didn't patch the esd unix socket path in PA to
> > match what they patched it in their esd packages. They use a
> > non-standard path there, so they should do the same in PA.
> Argh. Can you give me a very quick version of what it can/should be
> and in which files?
> I can likely patch that (binary edit or symlinks)

In case other people ask, the workaround is:
gandalf:/tmp$ ln -s .esd .esd-`id -u`

> > Please report this to the Ubuntu BTS.
> Will do, once I know which files are wrong and what they should be :)

I missed it the first time, but found it now:

Making the symlink seems to fix the problem.
I've updated the bug and will prod the ubuntu folks some more for getting
that fixed.

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