[pulseaudio-discuss] Auto switching outputs

Tako Schotanus tako at codejive.org
Sat Aug 7 04:13:20 PDT 2010

I was reading the ticket description and I can indeed say that in my case it
wouldn't do the correct thing.
I agree that plugging in head phones (bluetooth or not) means that you want
to use them.
But for HDMI I'm not so sure, at in my case it wouldn't work: I have my TV
connected permanently to my computer in case I want to watch a movie, but
normally the TV is switched off. So what happens if suddenly my GF wants to
watch tele and switches it on? If I understand correctly pulseaudio would
automatically switch over to HDMI, wouldn't it?

So I'm not sure if it should depend on the type of device being connected?
(maybe configurable: yes, switch on headset, no on HDMI) But I don't know if
that's even possible.


On Sat, Aug 7, 2010 at 13:04, David Henningsson <
david.henningsson at canonical.com> wrote:

> 2010-08-05 05:00, Erik de Castro Lopo skrev:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I've acquired a pair of wireless headphones; the type that has a USB
> > dongle that plugs into my machine and uses analog FM to communicate
> > with the headphones.
> >
> > These JustWorked(tm) under linux, but now I'd like to have audio
> > (either PulseAudio or ALSA) auto switch to the headphones whenever
> > they are plugged in.
> >
> > Is this doable? Any hints?
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Erik
> There is also module-switch-on-connect (see ticket
> http://pulseaudio.org/ticket/706 ). I'm a little hesitant to whether it
> actually does the right thing in all cases though, and Colin's work in
> progress is probably a more complete solution, once it is easily
> accessible, but I think it does what you want for now.
> Michael, will you update the ticket with the changes you did yesterday?
> --
> David Henningsson, Canonical Ltd.
> http://launchpad.net/~diwic
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