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Re: pulseaudio causing crashing of applications

On Thu, 2008-02-14 at 23:51 -0800, Andrew Farris wrote:
> Rodd Clarkson wrote:
> >> This sounds as if some other process blocked the audio device when
> >> switching back the session so that PA was unable to reopen the device
> >> and thus playback stays suspended.
> >>
> >> Could you please check this, by running "pactl" in a terminal when
> >> this happens again, and then type "list-sinks"? If your sound card
> >> sink remains in SUSPENDED state, than this is most likely the issue.
> >>
> >> Or, you might have hit the well-known issue HAL where it fails to
> >> restore ACLs sometimes and thus PA is not able to reopen the device
> >> properly. Check getfacl /dev/snd/*
> > 
> > So, I'm intersted in this so I can try to debug this and provide useful
> > information for resolving this issue.
> > 
> > I tried running pactl, but get this:
> > 
> > [rodd localhost ~]$ pactl 
> > No valid command specified.
> > 
> > I then tried
> > 
> > [rodd localhost ~]$ pactl list-sinks
> > No valid command specified.
> > 
> > Finally I did a check of man pactl and then tried 'pactl list' but this
> > gives a huge output, only some of which is 'sinks'.
> > 
> > How would I tell what state my sound card is in (currently it's working,
> > but I wanted to try all this while everything worked so I could see
> > what's changed.)
> Yeah pactl list is correct, and I think the state is included in the FLAGS, so 
> one of the flags included on the line for that on each sink would be SUSPENDED, 
> if its not there its not suspended.  I have not yet seen it marked suspended 
> when this bug occurs (and rhythmbox freezes).


You and I seem to have different issues.  For me Rhythmbox doens't
freeze, but PA stops responding (and so no sounds play).

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