[pulseaudio-discuss] multiuser access using sockets not working

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Thu Feb 13 17:26:28 UTC 2020

Dear list,

I run a user in a desktop environment (KDE5) that starts pulseaudio.

I´d like to grant other users on the same machine access in order to run
audio applications from a terminal with those users. And I would like to
achieve this using Unix sockets.

Some web sites suggst to try this:


default-server = unix:/tmp/pulse-server


load-module module-native-protocol-unix auth-group=audio \
auth-anonymous=1 socket=/tmp/pulse-server

That doesn´t work correctly. Actually the terminal users get access to
the main pulseaudio process, but, the main user, logged into KDE does
not get sound, though he started the pulseaudio daemon.

All users are in group audio. And there´s no bogus
$HOME/.config/pulse/{client.conf,default.pa}  files either.

I´m using pulseaudio version 11.1 with kernel 5.4.7

Thanks for any hint!

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