[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#752901: Multiple sound cards in XFCE

Karsten Malcher debian at home.decotrain.de
Sat Jun 28 09:32:46 UTC 2014

Am 28.06.2014 11:01, schrieb Yves-Alexis Perez:
> On sam., 2014-06-28 at 10:51 +0200, Karsten Malcher wrote:
>> Am 28.06.2014 10:31, schrieb Yves-Alexis Perez:
>>> On sam., 2014-06-28 at 10:17 +0200, Karsten Malcher wrote:
>>>> The final question is how to handle multiple sound cards in Debian
>>>> with XFCE?
>>> Well, for me “handle multiple sound cards” doesn't mean really anything.
>>> Xfce doesn't “handle” sound cards (the kernel does, somehow).
>> Yes - of course - but you know what i mean.
> No, see above.

Really - Debian seems to be a distribution that is intended for server use only. ;-)

>>> If you want to tune the volume, then xfce4-mixer can do that, and
>>> xfce4-volumed does it too.
>> Controlling the volume of the different sources is really the minimum.
>> But there are different reasons to select a sound device.
>> 1. You use XFCE as desktop on a laptop and you want to switch to an external device e.g. HDMI
> There's no such thing as “switch”. Either the EC or kernel handle that
> by itself (for example when plugging a headphone), or you do that
> completely manually (you mute the volume on one output and unmute on the
> other).

Yes - but this only works when it is the same output device.

> As said above there's no “handling” of sound card in Xfce, it doesn't
> try to be smart or anything.

Maybe - but there could be an additional point of view:
The use of the existant hardware has nothing to do with the smartness of the X-system.
When the hardware can only be controlled direct in the underlaying Linux the use XFCE can be doubtful.

>> 2. You use an additional sound card as simple DA-converter for different purposes.
> Definitely out of scope.


In Debian I have only the attached volume control.
It seems that the volume control in the article is the pavucontrol.
So using Pulseaudio seems to be the only way to control different sound devices in XFCE.
I will not test it in XFCE but i can say it works in KDE.

Here is another helpful link:

>> Please check the screenshot i posted first.
>> The 'active-card' property is missing in the Debian configuration!
>> How can i add it (correct) ?
> In xfce4-settings-editor, click “new”?

O.K. i missed to enter a beginning "/" for the property.

Thank you for your support!

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