Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 473414
Pidgin event sounds crackle when using Pulseaudio
Last modified: 2009-12-18 01:59:57 EST
Description of problem:
Whenever Pidgin plays an event sound it pops at least once. It might be related to Pulseaudio, because on OSS4 it didn't have any problems.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run Pidgin
2. Select a contact of choice
3. Type a message and send it (with a sound assigned to this event)
The sound pops.
The sound should play glitch-free.
Other apps like amsn don't have this problem.
I've seen this since back before Pulseaudio. I find that changing the sound method to Command (Sounds tab in Preferences) and supplying
as the command alleviates this.
How is amsn outputting sound? pidgin's default is to output through gstreamer, which outputs through pulseaudio, which outputs through ALSA.
"play" is not ideal because it uses OSS output, which might work, except it grabs the entire sound device causing everything else to fail. You should try "aplay" instead which outputs directly to ALSA. ALSA's default device is pulseaudio. No crackling then?
play (i.e., sox) does use ALSA and mixes fine in Pulseaudio. Using aplay produces garbage as it can't handle Ogg Vorbis. I hear no crackling with the GNOME event sounds.
Still an issue with F-10 plus all updates?
Not observed in pidgin-2.6.1-1.fc11.x86_64.
I still have this issue on some machines, f-10 w/all updates. as mentioned in comment #1, using play/aplay works fine...
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