[pulseaudio-discuss] console volume control

Tanu Kaskinen tanuk at iki.fi
Sat May 22 22:36:49 PDT 2010

On Sat, 2010-05-22 at 20:34 -0700, Brandon Kuczenski wrote:
> Since the list is so responsive, I thought I'd ask all my questions now.
> Is there a terminal-mode volume control app for pulseaudio, comparable to 
> aumix?  if not, I'd like to highlight that as a minor but significant 
> oversight, particularly if the system has users with no GUI login.

There are the command-line tools pactl and pacmd, but they aren't
comparable to aumix. Alsamixer is the closest alternative, but that's
not very good either with Pulseaudio. Would you like to write "aumix for

> 'pavucontrol' works from a local terminal but doesn't seem to work when 
> logged in remotely- I get a gnome dialog [so it's not an X problem] saying 
> 'connection refused'

I don't know off-hand what's wrong. What's the setup? So far I know that
you have a server and a client, and X is running on the client, and you
are trying to run pavucontrol on the server.

Are you connecting with "ssh -X" or is it an unprotected remote X

Which machine's pulseaudio are you expecting pavucontrol to use? If the
client machine's, is pulseaudio running there and is
module-native-protocol-tcp loaded there? If yes, is the module loaded
with --auth-anonymous? If not, have you copied ~/.pulse-cookie from the
client machine to the server?

Tanu Kaskinen

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