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Sometimes pulseaudio service stops and it doesn't restarts itself when I open an audio file with banshee or totem.

How I can make it start again without logout?

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3 Answers 3

I solved my problem.

  1. Check if any pulseaudio instance is running :

    pulseaudio --check

    It normally prints no output, just exit code. 0 means running. Mine were not running, so I just advanced to step 3.

  2. If any instance is running :

    pulseaudio -k

  3. Finally, start pulseaudio again as a daemon :

    pulseaudio -D

  4. Start banshee again and enjoy !
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For me --check didn't show anything, even though -k stopped audio playback, implying pulseaudio was running. – Cerin Apr 24 at 19:24

In a standard setup running pulseaudio -k restarts the daemon. Nothing else to do.

In case PA is not running typing pulseaudio without further options will start the daemon using defaults in /etc/pulse/daemon.conf and /etc/pulse/

User-defined settings in ~/.pulse/ or ~/.config/pulse/ will override system-wide settings. In case of issues it will often help to delete these directories before restarting pulseaudio.

For details see PulseAudio Wiki.

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Use the service command:

sudo service pulseaudio restart
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While this question is acceptable, it would definitely be more desirable if you were to include some explanation as to why this would resolve the issue. – RPi Awesomeness Feb 26 at 2:03
I unfortunately don't have any specific knowledge in addition to the very explicit command. If if had, I would have had explained more. If you have any idea, please be my guest. – PowerKiKi Mar 2 at 13:40
Ah, fair enough :) Just a suggestion :) – RPi Awesomeness Mar 2 at 14:06

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