You should speak to GNOME about why they require PA. If Debian doesn't require it, then they most likely patched it to not require it. Arch doesn't really patch .. avoids it if possible.
On Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 5:11 AM, Ralf Madorf firstname.lastname@example.org:
On Fri, 2011-12-23 at 03:39 -0600, C Anthony Risinger wrote:
Do not install an application requiring it?
Why does GDM require it? Why does GNOME3 require it?
You'll need to provide context about what you're trying to accomplish (clear and simple goals) and what you've already done (eg. I ran command xyz, I installed gnome, etc ...)
The goal is a DAW with a professional audio card from RME. Since PA isn't needed, but it's always good to cause trouble, I won't have it installed.
I wish to have the libre to use GNOME3, even if I now use Xfce only.
So far we've only learned PA probably sux, you don't want it on you
and some random bits about Debian ;-) ... best to assume nothing of the solution since that's what you are here requesting. Simply state your end-goals, the issue(s), and the path taken thus far.
I installed ArchLinux, upgraded it by the basic repositories and only installed Xfce, GDM, some mailers, NVIDIA driver, nothing else until now.
I'm going to set up a DAW and graphic machine with a kernel-rt, Ardour3 with video timeline, GIMP etc..
I like to install GNOME3 too.
IIRC PA is split into a library package, among others. Many pkgs will dep libpulse, but it cannot be loaded (or possibly will not) without the accompanying support packages.
Audio is not my thing, but I absorb passively often as possible. PA will play nicely with other impls by suspending itself and releasing the hardware when requested, allowing (JACK and ?) others to assume control. My guess is there is not an issue here ... I suggest moving forward
concrete problem is encountered, or running headless.
While I'm not into pro audio, I do use PA successfully on several
daily with great satisfaction and zero issue; be sure you understand the difference between ALSA, alsa-lib, and PA.
It already is an issue. I don't need PA for my work. Even if it should cause no issue, I don't need it.