[arch-general] Pulseaudio update - mpd now refuses to play as same user

Florian Pritz bluewind at xinu.at
Tue Nov 20 07:30:26 EST 2012

On 19.11.2012 08:08, Jan Steffens wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 7:50 AM, Oon-Ee Ng <ngoonee.talk at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi, Pulseaudio from [testing] just updated to 2.99.2-1, now mpd audio
>> output (running mpd as my own user) fails with the following:-
>> Nov 19 14:45 : output: Failed to enable "MPD Pulse Output" [pulse]:
>> pa_context_connect() has failed: Connection refused
>> Nov 19 14:45 : player_thread: problems opening audio device while playing
>> "PointBreak-StandTough.mp3"
>> Setting up pulseaudio to listen on TCP locally as in the wiki works, but I
>> never needed to do that before. Can anyone else verify this? Is it perhaps
>> logind related (worked fine before this last pulseaudio update)?
> You're running mpd from systemd? I believe it's because PulseAudio now
> uses $XDG_RUNTIME_DIR/pulse instead of /tmp/pulse-XXXXXX,
> $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/pulse instead of $HOME/.pulse, and
> $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/pulse/cookie instead of $HOME/.pulse-cookie.
> mpd has no session, so these variables are not set, unlike the session
> you login to.
> This should be sent upstream (bugs.freedesktop.org).

I've asked in #pulseaudio and you can use PULSE_RUNTIME_PATH to override
XDG_RUNTIME_DIR, but I'm not sure how this could be fixed in our
package. XDG_RUNTIME_DIR is supposed to be removed if the user logs out
so you shouldn't put the pulse socket there if you want mpd to use it.

Florian Pritz

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