pulseaudio enabled on dist-upgrades?

Christopher James Halse Rogers chalserogers at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 22:31:49 UTC 2008

On Mon, 2008-04-07 at 21:51 +0100, James Westby wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-04-07 at 13:31 -0700, Matt Price wrote:
> > i notice on my hardy upgrade that pulseaudio, though installed, is not
> > active by default.  is there a standard way to enable it on upgrades?
> > the wiki lists this for gutsy:
> > https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PulseAudio
> > but that looks dated.  happy to write up any changes for the wiki if a
> > developer knows more & can respond on thel ist.  thanks,
> > matt
> Hi,
> pulseaudio doesn't start because of the file
>   /etc/default/pulseaudio
> the comments in their explain how to make it start. I don't know
> if you need to do anything else.

My understanding is that we don't use the system-wide daemon even on
fresh installs, because running per-user daemons offers less of a
security target (among other things) and works just as well or better.
My system is far from a vanilla dist-upgrade, but I believe that
System->Preferences->Sound->Sounds->Enable Software Mixing is the button
you want to press.  Assuming the pulseaudio ESD bridge is installed as a
part of the upgrade (I believe it is), that will get gnome-session to
start pulseaudio on login.
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