FC9 and KDE sound issues

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Mon May 12 04:06:00 UTC 2008

Rex Dieter <rdieter <at> math.unl.edu> writes:
> The presence of PA may be confusing it (or not, I've never run without audio
> hw).  Besides, disabling PA on kde is relatively simple:
> rpm -e kde-settings-pulseaudio xine-lib-pulseaudio alsa-plugins-pulseaudio

There will still be the ALSA default device hack:
making Phonon think a sound device exists where there is none. I'm wondering if 
we shouldn't drop that hack now that we have a working native PulseAudio 
backend. The hack can still be useful for dmix users, but with PA being the 
default, are there really more users using dmix than users with no sound 
device? Making things just work for the former and annoying the heck out of the 
latter is probably a bad tradeoff.

If we want to keep the ALSA default device hack, I guess one way to fix it 
would be to add the device only if there's a physical sound device also 
detected. That will do the right thing for dmix (there's no default in dmix if 
there's no physical device underneath) (and also for most PA setups, but those 
will want the native PA backend anyway - more precisely, the only setup I can 
think of where there is a working ALSA default device with no physical device 
is if you're using PA over the network, and if you can set that up, you can 
also install the native backend). However, I think all this might not be worth 
the trouble, dropping that patch is probably the best solution.

        Kevin Kofler

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