[arch-dev-public] PulseAudio in [extra]

Jan de Groot jan at jgc.homeip.net
Mon Nov 15 08:44:59 CET 2010

On Mon, 2010-11-15 at 06:35 +0800, Ray Rashif wrote:
> On 15 November 2010 04:11, Jan Steffens <jan.steffens at gmail.com> wrote:
> > One of the problems of PulseAudio is that it pretty much becomes the default as
> > soon as you install it:
> >  - The client library will start the server if it's not running.
> >  - pulseaudio will install .desktop files that autostart the server together
> >    with Gnome or KDE.
> >
> > Splitting libpulse would prevent that, but I believe we still need to test
> > on a per-application basis whether we can enable PulseAudio support (with a
> > dependency on libpulse) without breaking fallback to ALSA on systems without
> > pulseaudio.
> >
> > Some packages (like sdl and openal) look for libpulse dynamically and will
> > still work even though the lib is missing, so they only need an optional
> > dependency.
> A tentative repo to test this out wouldn't be a bad idea, IMO.

AFAIK that repo was called "community". As for splitting up packages for
pulse support: whenever depending on libpulse still keeps pulseaudio
support optional, I'd rather depend on libpulse than split the package

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