[pulseaudio-discuss] Using module-combine-sink with intermittent devices

Felipe Sateler fsateler at debian.org
Mon Jan 18 18:47:50 PST 2016

On 18 January 2016 at 23:25, Arun Raghavan <arun at accosted.net> wrote:
> On 18 January 2016 at 03:20, Matt Feifarek <matt.feifarek at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi there.
>> Thanks for the fantastic PA; I'm enjoying its elegance and power, and have
>> been for years. I've been trying to search the web and the mailing list for
>> answers to my questions, but the docs are few and the mailing list is hard
>> to search.
>> ...
>> Lately, I'm setting up a sort of a house-wide hifi setup. I'm driving
>> various audio cables from a HEADLESS computer. I'm having a couple of
>> challenges, and some questions:
>> 1. In this situation (no actual users, headless) is it "ok" to use system
>> mode? I've done lots of work-arounds to get PA to run from an account (the
>> one for mpd). The docs are quite strenuous that it's basically never ok to
>> use system mode, but seems like I'm pretty much in system land. No?
> This should be okay. I thought systemd has (or was going to have) a
> mechanism for per-user services to come up at boot, but I might've
> been imagining this.

You can enable linger on your user, then your enabled user services
should start up at boot and exit at shutdown.

You'd need to add yourself to the audio group, however, because
otherwise you'd loose access to the sound device when not logged in.


Felipe Sateler

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