[pulseaudio-discuss] another reason not to like pulseaudio

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at panix.com
Sat Mar 5 16:16:29 UTC 2016

speech for the screen reader won't go out the usb speakers yet but when 
I set-default-sink to the usb speakers and I think the string after the 
sink number in the pactl list sinks command is what foo is supposed to 
be I ran speaker-test and static came from the usb speakers after a 
reboot.  I had to plug the 3.5MM jack back in to get speech though on 
the next reboot.  Unfortunately screen reader accessibility solutions 
providing speech do not search usb ports for speakers yet.  In future I 
hope this changes if for no other reason than to accommodate those who 
get a computer with no 3.5MM jacks and only usb ports.

On Sat, 5 Mar 2016, Tanu Kaskinen wrote:

> Date: Sat, 5 Mar 2016 06:32:52
> From: Tanu Kaskinen <tanuk at iki.fi>
> To: Jude DaShiell <jdashiel at panix.com>, blinux-list at redhat.com
> Cc: pulseaudio-discuss at freedesktop.org
> Subject: Re: [pulseaudio-discuss] another reason not to like pulseaudio
> On Fri, 2016-03-04 at 23:12 -0500, Jude DaShiell wrote:
>> You have to go through a captcha which is not audio to join the 
>> pulseaudio-discuss list.
> The current situation is that nobody can join any freedesktop.org
> mailing lists because it's required to pass the captcha, but the
> captcha form has been removed due spammer abuse.
> Your address is now on a whitelist so you can send mail to pulseaudio-
> discuss without waiting for a moderator to approve the mails first.
>> I'm sure this cc: will be rejected so I'll ask here too.
>> The better pair of speakers I have has a single usb connection and is 
>> powered by the computer and takes data through that same usb connection. 
>> Unfortunately, freedesktop.org has got stuff all over linux including 
>> polkit that gets onto command line systems too by now.
>> What I'm using for speakers gets power from the wall and gets data from a 
>> 3.5MM jack.  Having read pulseaudio manuals pacmd and pactl I'm starting 
>> to understand a little but am pretty sure before the end of this 
>> reconfiguration attempt I'm going to have a college level calculus 
>> headache.  The stuff referred to as documentation is that kind of 
>> documentation.  What I'd like to do is to move speaker output post reboot 
>> on a stable basis over to a usb port and put that set of usb speakers to 
>> work.  I'm thinking this may just be the time to first clean my system of 
>> pulseaudio and probably for good measure all other freedesktop.org 
>> packages and ban any of them from ever showing up on my system again. 
>> Once done, use alsa by itself to do the switch.  I don't know that anyone 
>> on this list has ever managed anything like this, but if you have please 
>> share insights and experience.
> If the usb speakers are always connected, I think adding this to the
> end of /etc/pulse/default.pa should work:
>     set-default-sink foo
> Replace "foo" with the sink name, which you can find by running command
>     pactl list sinks
> -- 
> Tanu


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