[pulseaudio-discuss] Looking for beginers configuration guide

Lennart Poettering lennart at poettering.net
Tue Dec 23 06:30:53 PST 2008

On Sun, 21.12.08 20:32, Pete Nesbitt (pete at linux1.ca) wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have been trying to hack thru getting a music appliance (no gui) to
> play locally as well as over the network. I have had mixed results but
> have yet to get both local and remote sound at the same time. I'm
> having other issues with Alsa as it does not like the PCM device names
> I try (not sure how to find the correct string to use).
> Anyway, I am not as much looking for what to do to fix that, but am
> looking to understand what is going on. I am well versed in Linux but
> very limited knowledge with sound systems. I'm finding the docs expect
> a certain level of prior knowledge or else you just follow blindly. I
> would like to understand how it works. Even things like a detailed
> explanation of the client/server relationship (I'm thinking it leans
> towards X11 terminology(?) or detailed examples of modules (syntax and
> functions), how to determine if I need Esound or Alsa, module
> dependencies like if I use RTP do I also need TCP (reg or simple?),
> etc. 
> I'm not a developer and don't really want to see source code, just more
> information of configuration variations, maybe troubleshooting modules
> loading, anything so I can understand whats going on. I want to fix it
> but understand what is wrong and why.
> Can anyone point me towards a site or guide?

All we have is the documenation available in the wiki. Unfortunately
that is documentation is not complete however and not really for
absolute beginners.

It's the best we have, but YMMV.

Generally reasonable distros set everything up in a way that not much
further configuration is necessary.


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