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

Ray Rashif schiv at archlinux.org
Mon Nov 15 09:06:29 CET 2010

On 15 November 2010 15:44, Jan de Groot <jan at jgc.homeip.net> wrote:
> 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
> itself.

I do not see any "libpulse". What I meant was a trial for this
proposal. I wouldn't know whether we want these rebuilds to flood
[testing], but maybe I'm wrong. As I can see, there are quite a good
deal of apps with an option for PA support. I'd want to make sure this
libpulse method can actually work for them.

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