Bug#622989: pulseaudio: autospawn is evil

Josselin Mouette joss at debian.org
Sat Apr 16 12:24:06 UTC 2011

Package: pulseaudio
Version: 0.9.22-1
Severity: important

Now that we have dropped Esound, we run again into the same bugs we had 
fixed with it.

Autospawn is bad. Very bad.
Let’s say PulseAudio is installed on the system, but the user explicitly 
disabled it, preventing its startup with the session. Now he starts an 
application that can use PA, and it will just be autospawned, instead of 
seeing the application fall back to ALSA.

This behavior is completely broken.

The fix is simple: change the default client.conf to set autospawn=no.

 .''`.      Josselin Mouette
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`. `'  “If you behave this way because you are blackmailed by someone,
  `-    […] I will see what I can do for you.”  -- Jörg Schilling

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