Description of problem: Since I upgraded to Fedora 8, most programs are unable
to play sound unless I manually start pulseaudio. Something as basic as
functioning sound should work without starting something at the command line.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
(not really sure what's applicable here)
How reproducible: Always.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. log in to GNOME
2. $ aplay /usr/share/sounds/error.wav
3. $ pulseaudio &
4. $ aplay /usr/share/sounds/error.wav
After (2), no sound is produced, and I get the message:
*** PULSEAUDIO: Unable to connect: Connection refused
aplay: main:546: audio open error: Connection refused
After (4), sound works, and aplay prints:
Playing WAVE '/usr/share/sounds/error.wav' : Signed 16 bit Little Endian, Rate
44100 Hz, Mono
Expected results: Sound works after step (2).
Going into gconf-editor and changing desktop -> gnome -> sound -> enable_esd to
true seems to have fixed this (and I think also the warnings in bug 428056,
assuming that the pulseaudio output shows up in my .xsession-errors which it
looks like it does). But it seems like that should have been selected by
default (or not using a pref that did something else in older gnome versions?).
This should work this way and is the default.
More on this:
This is a GNOME bug. There shouldn't be a preference for "make my sound work".
I think the issue here is that David had an entry in GConf to turn ESD off which
was carried over from an earlier install.
Reopening this, and will reassign to gnome-session.
Patch is pending upstream:
gnome-settings-daemon-126.96.36.199-2.fc9 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 9
gnome-settings-daemon-188.8.131.52-2.fc9 has been pushed to the Fedora 9 testing repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
If you want to test the update, you can install it with
su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update gnome-settings-daemon'. You can provide feedback for this update here: http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/F9/FEDORA-2008-5520
gnome-settings-daemon-184.108.40.206-2.fc9 has been pushed to the Fedora 9 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.