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

Lennart Poettering lennart at poettering.net
Fri Dec 12 04:17:20 PST 2008

On Thu, 11.12.08 22:48, Brian J. Murrell (brian at interlinx.bc.ca) wrote:

> 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.

I am note sure how pidgin plays event sounds these days. If they use
GStreamer they might simply keep pre-rolled pipelines around, which
will cause a stream to be created and kept around in PA.

Pidgin should be fixed to simply use libcanberra and not use anything else.


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