[pulseaudio-discuss] No shutdown/startup sounds in gnome

JaM jej2003 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 18:18:04 PST 2008

First off thanks for the reply.  I looked at the file that is being used and
it is definitely < 1 mb.  The file is also getting cached in PulseAudio
Manager and I can play it from there.  I attempted to change the logout
sound to a sound that works for one of my other events and still no dice.
This is probably due to my lack of understanding of PulseAudios architecture
but if they file is being cached I don't understand why it didn't play, any
ideas would be huge.

On Tue, Feb 19, 2008 at 4:43 AM, Colin Guthrie <gmane at colin.guthr.ie> wrote:

> JaM wrote:
> > I have pulse audio installed on a gentoo linux system and have it
> > running as a separate instance for each user.  For whatever reason,
> > however, I do not get any startup/shutdown sounds.  I do get the rest of
> > the system sounds but nothing for the startup and shutdown.  Is there
> > something I can do to diagnose what is going on?  If I look in the Sound
> > Settings Panel I can play the shutdown/startup sounds fine.  Any help
> > would be appreciated.
> I saw you on IRC last night but you disappeared before I could comment ;)
> How large are your sounds? If they are > 1Meg they wont be cached by
> pulse-audio and thus wont be played.
> Verify this by seeing if the samples in question are cached in paman. If
> they are not there but sounds for other events are, then this is likely
> your problem.
> If no sounds are there at all then I think gnome is falling back to
> playing uncached sounds and that during your startup, you do not start
> pulse quickly enough to play the sounds (pulse takes longer to startup
> than esd did and thus the timeouts in gnome-session may not work as well).
> In Mandriva we start pulse at login via /etc/X11/xinit.d early on so
> when gnome-session gets round to looking for "esd", pulse is already
> started and things work.
> I think the large samples is more likely tho'. If so, cut the size of
> the file down by reducing the sample rate or up the cache limit in pulse
> by hacking it a little (one line change). I'd go for the former as
> having a large sound kicking around in the cache that is used only once
> is rather pointless ;)
> HTHs
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