[pulseaudio-discuss] Progress of 'dynamic default sink' or 'device preference list'?

Ng Oon-Ee ngoonee at gmail.com
Wed Dec 1 02:57:44 PST 2010

On Wed, 2010-12-01 at 09:20 +0000, Colin Guthrie wrote:
> 'Twas brillig, and Ng Oon-Ee at 01/12/10 07:48 did gyre and gimble:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > Now that 0.9.22 is finally out, I'm wondering what happened to what
> > Colin mentioned some time back about 'device preferences'. As I
> > understood at the time, assuming 3 possible sound devices (which may or
> > may not be plugged in):-
> > 1. New streams would be automatically sent to the highest priority
> > device on starting
> > 2. Streams which have been manually moved would stay where they've been
> > moved to.
> > 3. When another device which has a higher priority is plugged in, all
> > streams (except for those in 2.) are moved to it.
> > 
> > This scheme was mentioned in preference to a generic "move all sound to
> > latest plugged-in-device" scheme, I believe.
> > 
> > Are there any plans in this direction?
> Not done much on it TBH. Was wanting to discuss things with Lennart
> further as he never quite acked the approach (not the finer details
> anyway) and there are still some caveats to the approach (like dealing
> with apps that produce multiple streams where you want to control them
> independently - although I think that can and should be mitigated in an
> app specific way).
> I may just crack on an do it over the winter seeing as it's getting
> really cold now and worry about the finer details later.

Thanks for the quick response Colin. Would user-input as to the design
of this behaviour be helpful, or just a hindrance?

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