[arch-general] headless box audio with pipewire

Javier je-vv at e.email
Sun Jan 30 08:37:39 UTC 2022

On 1/30/22 02:23, David Runge wrote:
> On January 30, 2022 4:37:26 AM GMT+01:00, Javier via arch-general <arch-general at lists.archlinux.org> wrote:
>> I have a box, where I can login through SSH, start ncmpcpp to play something with mpd, and then logout, leaving the box playing music, but with no user logged in.  At times, I also want to start Xorg (eventually Wayland), and use pipewire for sound and even using bluetooth audio devices (easy with pipewire/pulse).
>> While logged in, I can use pipewire even in console.  But once logged out, sound is gone.  So pipewire doesn't really work headless by default, is there a way to make it work headless (no one logged in, and still having audio enabled and playing music for example), how so?
> For your user at .service to remain running (and be automatically started during boot) you will want to enable linger [1].
> This allows for your pipewire user service (which runs in the scope of your user's user at .service) to automatically run on boot and keep running without you having a session (which is the usual way for systemd to start your user's user at .service).
> Best,
> David
> [1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Systemd/User#Automatic_start-up_of_systemd_user_instances

Thanks !

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