Bug 92061 - Pulseaudio daemon cannot start at all after update from 6.0 to 6.99
Summary: Pulseaudio daemon cannot start at all after update from 6.0 to 6.99
Alias: None
Product: PulseAudio
Classification: Unclassified
Component: daemon (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: medium major
Assignee: pulseaudio-bugs
QA Contact: pulseaudio-bugs
Depends on:
Reported: 2015-09-21 01:56 UTC by ngoonee
Modified: 2015-09-21 02:52 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description ngoonee 2015-09-21 01:56:39 UTC
Not able to start pulseaudio daemon when upgrading to 6.99.

Am using Arch Linux 64-bit.

Here's pulseaudio -vvvv for working[1] and not working[2]

[1] - http://pastebin.com/QNgjBFvG
[2] - http://pastebin.com/ijp4mbFw

It's 1.4k++ lines each, but the difference between both logs that I observe is that [2] just hangs after loading module-esound-protocol-unix, while [1] continues to load module-native-protocol-unix.

And by 'hang', I really mean 'hang'. Control-C does not work in that terminal, nor does a normal kill, I need kill -9 to terminate that process.

Using the basic default.pa and daemon.conf that ships with Arch, not sure whether many changes have been made there but I doubt it. Will provide if its relevant, on request.
Comment 1 ngoonee 2015-09-21 02:29:49 UTC
If I comment out load-module module-native-protocol-unix then the daemon starts, but of course its not usable.
Comment 2 Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) 2015-09-21 02:33:16 UTC
strace might be useful, as well as a stacktrace while it hangs.
Comment 3 Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) 2015-09-21 02:36:00 UTC
This reminds me - pulseaudio 6.99 in Arch now uses systemd socket activation (pulseaudio.socket and pulseaudio.service).

Does it work after you use "systemctl --user stop pulseaudio.{socket,service}"?
Comment 4 ngoonee 2015-09-21 02:52:19 UTC
Ah, when did systemctl --user become a thing again? I thought it was dead? I still had an old pulseaudio.service in my home directory from using systemctl --user before it was dropped/deprecated a year or so back.

Deleting my pulseaudio.service solves things. PEBKAC, sorry.

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