How can I install pulseaudio on lubuntu? When I try installing via sudo apt-get install, the package is not available.

I use kodibuntu (formerly xbmcbuntu) and want to get pulseaudio working to get sound in Grim Fandango Remastered to play properly.

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    So sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pulseaudio pavucontrol doesn't work? You may then try to use this ppa
    – kirill-a
    Feb 11, 2015 at 14:39
  • Pavucontrol exists, and recommends pulseaudio, which doesnt exist. I will try that ppa,thanks Feb 11, 2015 at 15:30
  • That ppa only gives me "404 Not Found" Feb 11, 2015 at 15:48
  • Pulseaudio is in main, so if it isn't available, there's something wrong with your sources. Which version?
    – muru
    Feb 11, 2015 at 17:07
  • Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS - KODIbuntu Release: 14.04 Codename: trusty I dont understand what is wrong? Feb 11, 2015 at 17:30

2 Answers 2


Kodibuntu blocks the pulseaudio packages from being installed by apt.

You can undo the block by removing/moving the following files:

  • /etc/apt/preferences.d/libasound2-plugins.pref
  • /etc/apt/preferences.d/libasound2-plugins.pref.bak

After this you can do another apt-get update and you should be able to install the packages.


You can not install pulseaudio on Kodibuntu before you unlock the package.

To do so, remove /etc/apt/preferences.d/pulseaudio.pref by entering:

sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/pulseaudio.pref

Alternatively you can also move the file to a backup location.

Afterwards you can install PulseAudio by entering:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install pulseaudio

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