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If an argument is passed, set the log level to the specified
value, otherwise increase the configured verbosity level by one.
The log levels are numerical from 0 to 4, corresponding to
error, warn, notice, info, debug. Default log level is notice,
i.e. all log messages with lower log levels are printed: error,
-v Increase the configured verbosity level by one (see --log-level
above). Specify multiple times to increase log level multiple
Specify the log target. If set to auto (which is the default),
then logging is directed to syslog when --daemonize is passed,
otherwise to STDERR.
So, to answer your question. No, by default it does not have a log, it sends its log output to
syslog as a daemon (when its running in the background), or to
STDERR when its run in the terminal (aka, you see the output in the terminal.
You have three options (potentially) to get the log information you need in one nice package:
- Trying changing the
--log-target= to a new log file (located in
/var/log/ I'm assuming. You probably want to create an empty file first). I haven't tried this, so it might not work...
For either option you can also pass
--log-level= to get more debugging info if needed.
Edit: I just realized that it is a pain to try and pass arguments to pulseaudio as it autospawns a new daemon immediately whenever you kill it. Instead....
To change the default log behavior without turning off autospawn:
/etc/pulse/daemon.conf (with sudo permissions) and uncomment and modify these log settings as desired.
; log-target = auto
; log-level = notice
; log-meta = no
; log-time = no
; log-backtrace = 0
To turn off autospawn so you can run it in a terminal:
/etc/pulse/client.conf (also with sudo permissions) and uncommenting
; autospawn = yes and changing the
no. I haven't tested this so I don't know if it will work.
After disabling autospawn kill the daemon with
pulseaudio --kill and start it again
pulseaudio (with any options you want to pass). Hope this works!