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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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I solved my problem.

  1. Check if any pulseaudio instance is running :

    pulseaudio --check

    (mine weren't 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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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/default.pa.

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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