Preserve Pulseaudio "Default Sink" setting on reboot?

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Mon Nov 8 00:16:17 GMT 2010

On 07/11/2010 23:15, Dave wrote:
> At 01:49 AM 11/7/2010, you wrote:
>> On 07/11/2010 15:30, Dave Markus wrote:
>>> At 12:09 AM 11/7/2010, you wrote:
>>>> On Sat, 2010-11-06 at 23:55 -0400, Dave wrote:
>>>>> I use the Pulseaudio Device Chooser to set the default sink (on a
>>>>> laptop) to a remote server. This works fine. When i reboot my laptop,
>>>>> the default sink reverts back to "default" (the laptop sound card).
>>>>> Is there a way to get the laptop to continue to use the remote server
>>>>> after a reboot? Is there a command that I can run in a script on
>>>>> startup to change the default sink back to the remote server?
>>>>> I am running Ubuntu 9.04 on this machine.
>>>> Using 10.4 it seems to remember the last setting used in an application,
>>>> even after a reboot. No clue how it handles remote logins. Ric
>>> I do not have a 10.04 system readily avalable but I tried it in a
>>> 10.04 Netbook Edition system and it will not remember the default
>>> sink setting after a reboot. Very frustrating for an
>> unsophisticated user. Dave
>> Do you really need pulseaudio is the real question and the bottom line.
>> If not, get rid of it and use the good old alsa which works.
>> (I didn't start on Ubuntu until Lucid (10.04) so don't really know what
>> I am talking about [and so what's new?] here, but wasn't pulseaudio very
>> primitive and very much of "the steam engine era" in Ubuntu 9.04?)
>> [And a big, "HELLO!" goes to Ric :-) .]
>> BC
> I am using both 10.04 and 9.04. Pulseaudio has problems with some
> apps but is working well in my situation. I have the sound system
> connected to a server. On the laptops I use pulse audio device
> chooser to connect to the server.


By now you would have read what Ric wrote - confirming that in 9.04 
pulseaudio was, as he put it, "crap" - and your original post 
specifically mentioned that you were using 9.04.

So I guess you now have your answer: 9.04, alsa good, pulseaudio bad :-) .


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