[pulseaudio-discuss] difference between Gnome Sound Preferences and PulseAudio Volume Control

Piscium groknok at yahoo.ie
Sun Jun 6 13:39:14 PDT 2010

Thanks Ng.

This begs the question, do the two tools write to the same configuration files or different ones?

Because if it is to the same configuration file they could conflict, no? That is, one tool could overwrite the changes made by the other?

----- Original Message ----
From: Ng Oon-Ee <ngoonee at gmail.com>
To: pulseaudio-discuss at mail.0pointer.de
Sent: Sun, 6 June, 2010 21:30:31
Subject: Re: [pulseaudio-discuss] difference between Gnome Sound Preferences and PulseAudio Volume Control

On Sun, 2010-06-06 at 18:03 +0000, Piscium wrote:
> I am running Fedora 13, though my question applies to other versions and other Gnome distros.
> On the Gnome panel there is by default (that is, after installation) a speaker icon, and if I right click on it I can get to a dialogue box titled Sound Preferences.
> There is also PulseAudio Volume Control which is available as a separate package not installed by default.
> The settings available in Gnome Sound Preferences and PulseAudio Volume Control are quite similar : selection of input and output devices, volume and so on.
> My questions are these: 
> What is the difference between these two applications? 
> Considering that I already get by default the  Gnome Panel Sound Preferences do I need the PulseAudio Volume Control at all?
> I know this is a very basic question but please pardon my ignorance!
> Thanks.

The Gnome Sound Prefences UI is a simplified version of pavucontrol (the
Pulseaudio Volume Control package you're talking about). Primarily it
lacks a good way of moving apps to other outputs. It does provide you
with easy access to Gnome-specific sounds though (the 'sound theme'

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