[pulseaudio-discuss] pidgin seems to get it's connection hung up

Colin Guthrie gmane at colin.guthr.ie
Fri Dec 12 02:19:32 PST 2008

'Twas brillig, and Brian J. Murrell at 12/12/08 03:48 did gyre and gimble:
> I've noticed a number of times on my Ubuntu Intrepid machine that Pidgin
> seems to get it's pulseaudio connection hung up.  Normally I only see a
> listing in the Volume Control applet for pidgin for the brief time it
> takes to send whatever short sound alert it wants to send.
> Every now and then though I will see an entry in it for Pidgin that
> doesn't go away, yet there is no currently playing sound and no more
> sounds will come through from pidgin until I restart it, to release the
> hung up stream.
> Anyone seen this or know why it happens, or if there is a less intrusive
> way than restarting pidgin, to have it's stream reset?  Terminate Stream
> will make it go away, but pulseaudio will still not receive (or play)
> any more sounds from pidgin until it's restarted.

It's likely related to gstreamer but I'm not sure why.

I've had particular issue with pidgin myself. I've found it behaves 
particularly badly when pulse dies from underneath it... it seems to 
spin and gobble memory under these circumstances (or at least I've 
observed this happening - although in defence I've not seen it for a while).



Colin Guthrie

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