How to get output devices to appear in PulseAudio?

Chris Green cl at
Sun Dec 30 22:56:31 UTC 2012

On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 04:45:48PM -0500, Ric Moore wrote:
> On 12/30/2012 08:40 AM, Chris Green wrote:
> >I am slowly getting to understand what's going on with sound on my
> >little Acer Revo.  However I still *don't* understand why sometimes
> >PulseAudio can see some output devices and sometimes it can't.
> >
> >When it has no output devices not surprisingly I can't get any sound out
> >of it, I then curse it for a while, run various things to see if I can
> >understand what's going on, and at some point it works - but I can never
> >understand why!
> >
> >So, how does one get output devices to appear?  Then, further, how does
> >one do this from the command line, because I want to run this headless
> >and will only have ssh access.  (Running X remotely doesn't work with
> >modern applications as they use DBUS which breaks X)
> If you don't install pavucontrol, you cannot get the full benefit of
> pulse. Just use apt-get to install it. I usually create a tool bar
> icon to summon it, if one isn't auto created. You'll enjoy it. Ric
This is a headless system, I can't use GUI apps.

I have finally got it all working by removing pulseaudio and using alsa
directly.  The fundamental problem is that it's very difficult indeed to
get pulseaudio working on a non-GUI system.

Chris Green

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