[pulseaudio-discuss] Multi Workstation Single Home Directory NFS Mount

rjs fft2048 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 10 20:53:51 UTC 2016

Thanks for your response and good troubleshooting ideas.
You wrote:
>First of all, home-directory-on-NFS *should* be supported just fine.
>The whole purpose of using the /tmp/pulse directories is to make this
>use case work.
Here's what I found.
The first place I looked was in the ~/.pulse directory and found an
problem. No matter how many of our workstations I logged in to, there was
only one set of asdfasdfasdf:xxx files, hence only one asdfasdfasdf:runtime
So, when I logged onto a workstation, it was the only one that had a valid
link to
a /tmp/pulse-yyyy directory! This is the case for every user. I now suspect
this is
an operating environment issue and not directly related to Pulse. Another
data point is that I went to another network I work on with the same Linux
environment; however, it just has a simple NFS mount for my home
directory.  On that network, I had many host ID entries in my
~/.pulse area.
I need to find out more about how our user accounts/directories are
managed, I believe
there is something having to do with LDAP involved. I am wondering which
machine belongs
to the ID I find in everyones ~/.pulse directory.
Do you know how that ID is generated.
One other thing.  I was successfully able to operate in system-wide daemon
mode, so
that is a viable option.  However, I had a problem automatically launching
it from
/etc/rc.d/rc.local at boot time.  I used the same command that I used as
root from the command line.
In /var/log/messages it reported that it could not create a /var/run/pulse
directory, which
already exists and is owned by pulse.  Not sure why it works from the
command line
as root by not at boot.
Thanks again for your help.

On Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 8:00 AM, <
pulseaudio-discuss-request at lists.freedesktop.org> wrote:

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> Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:52:02 +0300
> From: Tanu Kaskinen <tanuk at iki.fi>
> To: pulseaudio-discuss at lists.freedesktop.org
> Subject: Re: [pulseaudio-discuss] Multi Workstation Single Home
>         Directory NFS Mount
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> On Thu, 2016-09-08 at 17:51 -0400, rjs wrote:
> > Hi,
> > First off, I am running on RedHat 6, not under my control, so I have
> pulse
> > 0.9.22.
> > I am running in normal user mode and everything is generally fine.
> > The issue is that we have multiple workstations and my user account is
> > NFS mounted across all workstations in the same directory.
> > If I have pulse running on one, then I get on another workstation and get
> > pulse running, the first, and eventually the second go out to lunch.
> > No applications can connect, pacmd returns:
> > "No PulseAudio daemon running, etc."
> Note that pacmd is not like other applications. Normal applications
> should autospawn pulseaudio if it's not running, pacmd won't do that.
> > In addition, I believe the pulseaudio process stops and restarts every 5
> > seconds, generating many /tmp/pulse-.... directories.

> First of all, home-directory-on-NFS *should* be supported just fine.
> The whole purpose of using the /tmp/pulse directories is to make this
> use case work.
> Restarting every 5 seconds is a problem in itself, but even then, that
> should not generate multiple /tmp/pulse directories. In the ~/.pulse
> directory there should be one asdfasdfasdf:runtime symlink per machine.
> The "asdfasdfasdf" part is the machine-id, so every machine has its own
> symlink to its own /tmp/pulse directory. A new /tmp/pulse directory
> needs to be created only if the asdfasdfasdf:runtime symlink doesn't
> exist or points to non-existing target (I think wrong permissions can
> trigger /tmp/pulse regeneration too).
> What are the permissions of the asdfadsfasdf:runtime symlink, and what
> are the permissions of the /tmp/pulse directories? Anything strange in
> those?
> What does "PULSE_LOG=99 pactl info" print when things don't work?
> > By the way, the PID of the pulse instance, on each machine, is contained
> in
> > one of those directories, as I expect.
> > The only way to be able to connect again is to logout on one of the
> > workstations,
> > kill pulseaudio, delete all of the /tmp/pulse-... directories, then
> restart.
> > Due to our environment, there is no way to avoid this configuration and
> most
> > likely cannot update our pulse version.
> > Is running pulseaudio in system-wide mode an option to solve this?
> Yes, running in the system-wide mode will likely work around the issue.
> --
> Tanu
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