[pulseaudio-discuss] using pulseaudio with simultaneous playback from mutiple X sessions
ms at teamix.de
Mon Nov 7 06:46:58 PST 2011
I have two users on my laptop. When I start to playback sound from the session
of the first user and then switch to the second user pulseaudio stops to play
back sound from the first user. This way I also do not hear appointment
reminders from the session thats currently not active unless I switch again.
Before using Pulseaudio sound from both sessions has been played
simultaneously with Phonon + Xine. Now I am using Phonon + GStreamer, but I
bet stopping the audio comes from Pulseaudio.
I read about system-wide mode. But first I shouldn't use it and second it
doesn't solve this issue anyway, cause sound is still stopped. Maybe I missed
setting autospawn on clients to off - cause I saw three pulseaudio daemons, one
system-wide and two from the users -, but I do not like messing around with my
Pulseaudio setup anymore - especially when its not recommended. Reason for
trying Pulseaudio for me mostly was cause thats whats coming with Debian KDE
standard install out of the box in the meanwhile.
So whats the official way to achieve what I had before out of the box? The
default per-session handling of audio makes sense for unix users being used by
different human users on a shared computer but it does not make too much sense
for my use case.
Best way would be to tell pulseaudio explicetely when some Unix users may play
simultaneously. Ideally it should still not allow recording audio streams from
each other user. But for now I would be fine with a global option.
I found nothing on the wiki on that. And nothing really obvious via search
engine either. I only found out that I am not the only user puzzled by this
new different behavior to what I was used to before.
Martin Steigerwald - teamix GmbH - http://www.teamix.de
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