Bug#791748: vlc: VLC no longer works without pulseaudio

Sebastian Ramacher sramacher at debian.org
Wed Jul 8 08:22:50 UTC 2015

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On 2015-07-07 16:08:41, Akkana Peck wrote:
> Package: vlc
> Version: 2.2.1-2+b1
> Severity: important
> VLC suddenly is no longer able to play audio on systems that don't
> have pulseaudio installed. When I run it on an mp3 file, it prints
> on stdout,
> PulseAudio server connection failure
> and then just sits there doing nothing. Clicking the play button
> does nothing. It also won't exit: clicking the windowmanager dismiss
> button sometimes makes the window go away, sometimes not, but either
> way it doesn't return control to the terminal where I started it.
> A few ctrl-Cs will sometimes kill it, but often I have to use kill -9
> from another terminal.
> If vlc requires pulseaudio, it should have that in the dependencies.
> But I've been using vlc for years and it never needed pulse before.

Please attach the output of vlc -vvv.

Does audio work if you manually select alsa as audio output in the preferences?

Sebastian Ramacher
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