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Bug 497214 - pulseaudio-module-x11 shouldn't autostart pulseaudio daemon if PULSE_SERVER is set
Summary: pulseaudio-module-x11 shouldn't autostart pulseaudio daemon if PULSE_SERVER i...
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: pulseaudio
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Lennart Poettering
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: K12LTSP F11Target
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Reported: 2009-04-22 19:56 UTC by Warren Togami
Modified: 2009-05-06 23:29 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-04-23 00:05:58 UTC

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Description Warren Togami 2009-04-22 19:56:29 UTC

pulseaudio-module-x11 contains /etc/xdg/autostart/pulseaudio.desktop which autostarts /usr/bin/start-pulseaudio-x11 during a desktop login.

Remote desktop sessions might set PULSE_SERVER to direct the desktop sound to another host, like:

In this case, the pulseaudio daemon launched by the user desktop is not actually used.  This can actually cause problems for multi-user systems because these unused pulseaudio and /usr/libexec/pulse/gconf-helper processes often fail to die after logout.  Hundreds of them pile up over time bogging down system resources.

--- /usr/bin/start-pulseaudio-x11.orig	2009-04-22 15:42:00.281756540 -0400
+++ /usr/bin/start-pulseaudio-x11	2009-04-22 15:45:04.465837091 -0400
@@ -19,6 +19,9 @@
 set -e
+# Exit without running pulseaudio daemon if this is a remote desktop session
+[ -n "$PULSE_SERVER" ] && exit 0
 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start "$@"
 if [ x"$DISPLAY" != x ] ; then

This patch seems to DTRT, preventing the unused pulseaudio daemon from launching, and no more leftover processes after user logout.

Comment 1 Lennart Poettering 2009-04-22 20:17:14 UTC
Fixed upstream. Feel free to patch the Fedora packages.

Comment 2 Lennart Poettering 2009-04-23 00:05:58 UTC
Seems you patched the Fedora packages already, closing.

Comment 3 Fedora Update System 2009-05-05 16:41:09 UTC
pulseaudio-0.9.14-3.fc10 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 10.

Comment 4 Fedora Update System 2009-05-06 23:29:09 UTC
pulseaudio-0.9.14-3.fc10 has been pushed to the Fedora 10 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

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