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I have pulseaudio configuration stored in /etc/pulse/default.pa, but i want to create new config outside as described in default.pa man page. I have created my config in ~/.pulse/default.pa. As I understand from the man page this should be used before the /etc/pulse version, but after restarting the pulseaudio, it still uses the old config.

Below command I use to start pulseaudio:

pulseaudio --system --disallow-exit --disallow-module-loading 

Why is it not using the new config? How can I alter the default configuration?

  • Why would a system instance read the user's config? – joepd Jan 8 '16 at 16:00
  • Fair point, but i was wondering if there is a mechanism to do such thing as i described but system wide. – Lemonov Jan 9 '16 at 23:04
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Try to set the config via an environment variable like described in man pulseaudio:

PULSE_CLIENTCONFIG=/home/username/.pulse/default.pa pulseaudio --system --disallow-exit --disallow-module-loading

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