Gerhard Magnus wrote: > I'm running Fedora 11 with the gnome desktop on a small LAN. I'd like to > run an audio player (say xmms) on box2 and hear it on box1, which is > directly connected to my stereo. > > In the past I would connect to box1 from box2 via ssh and then run xmms > from the command line. Now when I try doing this I get this message: > > Couldn't open audio. Please check that > Your soundcard is configured properly > You have the correct output plugin selected > No other program is blocking the soundcard. > > I can play audio with problems from box1, so the soundcard must be OK. > I have pulseaudio selected as the output plugin in xmms. (The same > problem occurs with alsa and the other plugins.) > It seems likely, then, that the problem is some other program is running > on box1 that is blocking use of the soundcard. > By default, PulseAudio only runs when a user does a GUI login. > Two related questions: > (1) Does anyone know what other program this might be (gnome?) and how I > might get around the block? > (2) Isn't this the sort of simple application pulseaudio was designed > for? Shouldn't I be able to run xmms on box2 and use pulseaudio to play > the output on box1? Has anyone been able to do anything like this with > pulseaudio and, if so, what settings did you use and where did you set > them? > I have not tried this, so this may not work. But you could try editing /etc/pules/daemon.conf and changing "; system-instance = no" to "system-instance = yes". You will probably have to start pulseaudio from rc.local. (Please note that the ; at the start of the line was removed.) Once you have PA working correctly, you may want to play with the network capabilities of PA. You can set up a network sink on box 1, and a network source on box 2. You can then direct any output on box 1 to the network sink and have it play on box 2. This is one of the things on my "to do" list. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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