[pulseaudio-discuss] pulseaudio automatic startup

Lennart Poettering lennart at poettering.net
Sat Feb 16 06:50:31 PST 2008

On Sat, 16.02.08 14:29, Colin Guthrie (gmane at colin.guthr.ie) wrote:

> >> One other thing for fedora package (not sure if it applies) is ESD
> >> autospawn. I've had to ship a /etc/esd.conf with "auto_spawn=0" in it
> >> otherwise libesound will try to run /usr/bin/esd by default (which is
> >> obviously symlinked to esdcompat). Alternative would be to hack
> >> libesound to make no_autospawn default to 1 but somehow the config file
> >> seemed less hacky and didn't change the defined behaviour of
> >> libesound.
> > 
> > Autospawning = evil. Don't do it.
> I'm trying not to :) The mistake I made was not including an esd.conf
> file to stop libesound from doing it by default :)
> > Hmm, when I hacked the auto-spawning code I made sure that it worked
> > event for the ESD drop-in stuff. Are you suggesting that this doesn't work?
> No, there is no bug in pulse here, I just had a bug in my packaging of
> the pulseaudio-esound-compat package where I did not provide an
> /etc/esd.conf file.
> When this file does not exist, the *libesound* autospawning was turned
> on by default which resulted in pulse being auto spawned via
> /usr/bin/esd -> esdcompat

And that doesn't work for you? It should work. I carefully made sure
to make PA as compatible to esd as possible, and that includes
handling libesd-based autospawning of PA. If it doesn't work, than I
broke something.

> > Hmm, if I remember correctly: GNOME will fallback to non-cache event
> > sound playback if a cached sample for the event is not cached. That
> > might be the reason why event sounds still work for you, although
> > nothing is in the cache.
> Fair enough. Certainly the sounds are cached at login as I think I
> reported back elsewhere so that's good :)

Hmm, so you say that if PA is started before gnome-session, then it
will still properly upload the samples? That would be great.


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