[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#677014: Bug#677014: xfce4-volumed: no support for pulseaudio / multiple cards

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Mon Jun 11 11:44:05 UTC 2012

On lun., 2012-06-11 at 02:38 -0400, Andres Cimmarusti wrote:
> Package: xfce4-volumed
> Version: 0.1.13-3
> Severity: normal
> I need to use pulseaudio and pavucontrol to be able to easily toggle 
> between HDMI audio output to a TV and laptop speakers. I also want to 
> use xfce volumed and mixer to control audio with special Fn keys.
> Sadly xfce volumed does not use pulse by default, but interacts directly 
> with the sound card.
> Volumed points to sound card, and when I mute with Fn+keyboard, it 
> mutes master and pulseaudio but cannot unmute pulseaudio!
> This is a well known bug:
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/xfce4-volumed/+bug/883485
> In the ubuntu bug thread, two workarounds are suggested. One is to do 
> away with xfce4-volumed (a developer admits it doesn't support pulse), 
> so that custom key bindings can be defined (more robust solution) or do 
> this:
> $ xfconf-query -c xfce4-mixer -p /active-card -s `xfconf-query -c 
> xfce4-mixer -p /sound-card`
> This last command works, but it's not robust enough to handle multiple 
> cards (e.g. HDMI outputs):
> When I switch to HDMI, audio control with Fn keys is useless. 
> Furthermore, when I use pavucontrol to switch back to laptop speakers, 
> volumed continues to be useless...
> There is a patch referred in the ubuntu thread:
> https://launchpadlibrarian.net/101001716/xfce4-volumed_0.1.13-2ubuntu2.debdiff
> However, Ubuntu uses pulseaudio by default while Debian does not. I'm 
> not sure this patch is robust enough to handle both cases. I hope the 
> maintainer can take a look.
> Thanks. For now, I try to make the first workaround work.

Didn't yet read the whole ubuntu bug, but xfce4-volumed uses gstreamer,
it doesn't “speak directly to the sound card”. Can't you just switch to

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