[pulseaudio-discuss] User-hostile obfuscation in PulseAudio Volume Control is a real pain.

Georg Chini georg at chini.tk
Sat Jul 22 10:10:03 UTC 2017

On 22.07.2017 11:59, Georg Chini wrote:
> On 22.07.2017 11:37, Erik Christiansen wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Debian 9.0.0 comes with pulseaudio 10.0, so it's not likely that fixes
>> for the problem are in the wild yet, I figure.
>> Even when a Debian 9.0.0 box is connected to a HDMI monitor, PulseAudio
>> Volume Control displays only 3 of its 5 tabs, supressing the vital
>> Configuration tab, needed for switching audio output to HDMI. Depriving
>> the user of knowledge of the availability of the Configuration tab, by
>> burying it under two levels of blind hammering on a tiny inscrutable
>> icon in the corner is a monstrous disservice to the user, and a rather
>> weird design decision. Much space is wasted in the width of the 3
>> displayed tabs, and on many a screen there is at least half a yard of
>> screen width spare for the other 2 tabs.
>> discuss
> Hi Erik,
> I don't really understand. Are you talking about pavucontrol when
> you are saying "PulseAudio Volume Control"?
> As far as I know, pavucontol always displays 5 tabs, the configuration
> is one of them and there is no option to suppress any of the tabs.
> If this is different in your distribution or you are not talking about
> pavucontrol, the pulseaudio mailing list is the wrong place to complain.
> You have to go back to the maintainers of your distribution. (Although
> I am running Debian unstable and pavucontrol there displays all 5 tabs,
> so I understand your complain even less.)
> Regards
>              Georg

(There is a "t" missing above ...)

I've just seen there is a pavucontrol-qt package. Maybe you are using that.

 From https://github.com/lxde/pavucontrol-qt:

"The software belongs to the LXQt project but its usage isn't limited to 
this desktop environment."

So you may have to ask them to change the behavior.

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