I'm running Debian Jessie (8.3) with the following
pulseaudio packages. As far as I know all sound related stuff (including
pulseaudio) corresponds to the default Jessie packages. I have not customized anything. Nor have I done anything with
systemd, which I know nothing about.
dpkg -l | grep pulseaudio ii gstreamer1.0-pulseaudio:amd64 1.4.4-2 amd64 GStreamer plugin for PulseAudio ii pulseaudio 5.0-13 amd64 PulseAudio sound server ii pulseaudio-esound-compat 5.0-13 amd64 PulseAudio ESD compatibility layer ii pulseaudio-module-gconf 5.0-13 amd64 GConf module for PulseAudio sound server ii pulseaudio-module-x11 5.0-13 amd64 X11 module for PulseAudio sound server ii pulseaudio-utils 5.0-13 amd64 Command line tools for the PulseAudio sound server
I just replaced my old Sound Blaster Live! card with a newer Asus Xonar DX card. The sound works, but the mike doesn't. Additionally, I have problems with pulseaudio. The pulseaudio problems (at least in part) precede the replacement of the card, but I think I need to solve them first, before figuring out the mike issue. So, this question is just about the Pulseaudio issues.
Till I rebooted today after the reinstallation of the new sound card,
pavucontrol was working, at least, though
pacmd has been erroring out for some time.
This appears in part to be some kind of permission issue, but I don't know what. I've not made any manual changes to
pulseaudio or anything else sound related, aside from adding my user to both the
pulse-connect groups. I didn't think it would make any difference, and I haven't noticed any.
I'm adding the output from various commands below to illustrate the problem, both as root and user. Commands preceded by
$ represent commands run by the user, and commands preceded by
# represent commands run by root, as per standard convention.
$ pulseaudio -vv I: [pulseaudio] main.c: setrlimit(RLIMIT_NICE, (31, 31)) failed: Operation not permitted I: [pulseaudio] main.c: setrlimit(RLIMIT_RTPRIO, (9, 9)) failed: Operation not permitted D: [pulseaudio] core-rtclock.c: Timer slack is set to 50 us. D: [pulseaudio] core-util.c: RealtimeKit worked. I: [pulseaudio] core-util.c: Successfully gained nice level -11. I: [pulseaudio] main.c: This is PulseAudio 5.0 D: [pulseaudio] main.c: Compilation host: x86_64-pc-linux-gnu D: [pulseaudio] main.c: Compilation CFLAGS: -g -O2 -fstack-protector-strong -Wformat -Werror=format-security -Wall -W -Wextra -pipe -Wno-long-long -Wno-overlength-strings -Wunsafe-loop-optimizations -Wundef -Wformat=2 -Wlogical-op -Wsign-compare -Wformat-security -Wmissing-include-dirs -Wformat-nonliteral -Wpointer-arith -Winit-self -Wdeclaration-after-statement -Wfloat-equal -Wmissing-prototypes -Wredundant-decls -Wmissing-declarations -Wmissing-noreturn -Wshadow -Wendif-labels -Wcast-align -Wstrict-aliasing -Wwrite-strings -Wno-unused-parameter -ffast-math -fno-common -fdiagnostics-show-option D: [pulseaudio] main.c: Running on host: Linux x86_64 3.16.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.16.7-ckt20-1+deb8u3 (2016-01-17) D: [pulseaudio] main.c: Found 6 CPUs. I: [pulseaudio] main.c: Page size is 4096 bytes D: [pulseaudio] main.c: Compiled with Valgrind support: no D: [pulseaudio] main.c: Running in valgrind mode: no D: [pulseaudio] main.c: Running in VM: no D: [pulseaudio] main.c: Optimized build: yes D: [pulseaudio] main.c: FASTPATH defined, only fast path asserts disabled. I: [pulseaudio] main.c: Machine ID is 501a8b6f724c87677a6f6bb351f93f66. I: [pulseaudio] main.c: Session ID is 55. E: [pulseaudio] core-util.c: Failed to create secure directory (/run/user/1000/pulse): Permission denied
The output as root for this command was the same.
$ pacmd Failed to create secure directory (/run/user/1000/pulse): Permission denied No PulseAudio daemon running, or not running as session daemon # pacmd Daemon not responding.
Pavucontrol gives (first, on the terminal)
$ pavucontrol Failed to create secure directory (/run/user/1000/pulse): Permission denied Failed to create secure directory (/run/user/1000/pulse): Permission denied
And the following box pops up. (This graphic was swiped from terdon's Pulseaudio broken on Arch: pa_stream_writable_size() failed: Connection terminated, since it's exactly the same as what I see.)
# pavucontrol [A popup box appears with] Establishing connection to PulseAudio. Please wait.
find doesn't find any hits for "ulse" in the
~/.config$ find . -name '*ulse*'
Pulseaudio appears to be running
# ps aux | grep pulse faheem 5057 0.1 0.0 376208 10432 ? S<l 13:54 0:35 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start --log-target=syslog faheem 5065 0.0 0.0 122904 5164 ? S 13:54 0:00 /usr/lib/pulseaudio/pulse/gconf-helper
# ps aux | grep systemd root 273 0.0 0.0 33092 6864 ? Ss 13:50 0:00 /lib/systemd/systemd-journald root 290 0.0 0.0 41644 3864 ? Ss 13:50 0:00 /lib/systemd/systemd-udevd root 1067 0.0 0.0 28268 2968 ? Ss 13:50 0:00 /lib/systemd/systemd-logind message+ 1100 0.0 0.0 43160 4432 ? Ss 13:50 0:00 /usr/bin/dbus-daemon --system --address=systemd: --nofork --nopidfile --systemd-activation faheem 4435 0.0 0.0 36432 4544 ? Ss 13:51 0:00 /lib/systemd/systemd --user
The permissions of the files in
/run/user/1000/pulse# ls -laR .: total 4 drwx------ 2 root root 80 Feb 22 13:54 . drwx------ 6 faheem faheem 120 Feb 22 13:54 .. srwxrwxrwx 1 faheem faheem 0 Feb 22 13:54 native -rw------- 1 faheem faheem 5 Feb 22 13:54 pid