Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 450450
Please patch audacity to support PulseAudio
Last modified: 2009-03-06 07:40:20 EST
Description of problem:
Although audacity reports signal in its output level meters, no actual sound
comes out from the speakers. Moreover, the available devices in the Playback
device list are significantly less than expected.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
2.load a wav file
no sound from speakers
should hear sound from speakers
As a workaround you can override pulseaudio by invoking audacity in the
There is no special support for PulseAudio in Audacity (which
uses the PortAudio library internally). It is normal to disable
PulseAudio when running Audacity, so it gets direct access to
Note, however, the newer Audacity in the updates-testing
repository: "yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update audacity"
As far as pulseaudio is concerned, audacity from updates-testing works fine.
Also, it generally runs without any other issues here. Thank you.
Uh no, this doesn't support PulseAudio, PortAudio (which is what Audacity uses) doesn't support this at the moment.
As Audacity uses a private fork of the PortAudio library, please apply the following patch which also went into the system portaudio:
See https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=445644 for the discussion.
See also https://bugzilla.rpmfusion.org/show_bug.cgi?id=242 against audacity-freeworld.
What's the portaudio upstream status for that patch? Once merged, it'll be only a matter of time until Audacity devs pick up the changes.
Unfortunately, upstream appears not to care at all, I have yet to receive a reply from upstream. :-(
IMHO this is something definitely worth carrying a patch in Fedora, having Audacity not work with the default sound system in Fedora is really bad! Also keep in mind that our portaudio package is already carrying that patch.
Closing due to comment 2 and because the patch is in Rawhide and F-10 updates-testing.