Bug#541538: pulseaudio: disable flat volumes

Patrick Dunford blackwhitekez at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 20:02:15 UTC 2018

I have the view the same, it should be so easy to resolve this problem 
in the config file, it must be so simple to implement

In addition to the problems you mention, developers of third party 
applications have to publish this fix and respond to queries of why 
altering the volume level in their applications also alters the system 
volume level.

For example, using Kodi, it would set the volume level every time a new 
track was played, resulting in the user having to keep readjusting the 
system volume level every time. My keyboard has these up/down volume 
control buttons I use to set the system volume. Every time a track 
started to play I would have to keep turning the system volume level 
down because the software had raised it. I should be able to set a 
maximum volume level for the system and not have it altered by applications.

So the question is how easy is it to change this default value and what 
is stopping it from being implemented.

On 01/02/18 01:01, Roland Hieber wrote:
> I came here because I was just playing [1] on headphones, and Firefox
> seemed to think that it would be a good idea to set the master volume to
> 100%. My ears are still ringing. At least now I know what to do.
> [1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AFSK_1200_baud.ogg
> The fix of changing "flat-volumes = yes" to "flat-volumes = no" in
> /etc/pulse/daemon.conf seems to be fairly easy to implement, considering
> the fact that this bug is blocking a great number of other bugs, and no
> one here apparently has to say any word against it in the comments. Is
> there something else blocking it?
>   - Roland

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