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I found out that user 109 launches pulseaudio on startup, which blocks mine:

petr@sova:~$ ps -ef | grep pulseaudio
109       1515     1  1 15:23 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start --log-target=syslog
petr      2344     1  0 15:24 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start --log-target=syslog
petr      2807  2757  0 15:24 pts/1    00:00:00 grep --color=auto pulseaudio

Because of that, I can't access the sound card and get dummy outputs only. Once I kill the 109's process, everything works fine.

Who is user 109 and how do I prevent him from launching pulseaudio? My suspicion is that it's somehow connected to LightDM.


petr@sova:~$ cat /etc/passwd | grep 109
speech-dispatcher:x:109:29:Speech Dispatcher,,,:/var/run/speech-dispatcher:/bin/sh
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You can check the file /etc/passwd to find out the username.

$ cat /etc/passwd | grep 109
speech-dispatcher:x:109:29:Speech Dispatcher,,,:/var/run/speech-dispatcher:/bin/sh

This tells us that user id 109 corresponds with the username 'speech-dispatcher'. This user's home directory is '/var/run/speech-dispatcher'.

There's also a package speed-dispatcher. It provides a high-level interface to Text-to-Speech systems according to its homepage, so it seems logical a program using this interface needs access to pulseaudio.

Find out what program is using speed-dispatcher and why it's spawning its own pulseaudio session.

Going from the links above I'd start looking at the configuration of desktop accessibility related applications.

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Thanks, edited my question. – mreq May 10 '13 at 16:05
Sorry to downvote you, but this post doesn't really answer the question. Can you explain who speech-dispatcher is and what its role is? – Flimm May 10 '13 at 17:02
speech-dispatcher 'provides a device independent layer for speech synthesis.'. In order to do this, it seems logical that it would need access to PulseAudio. – Bert May 10 '13 at 17:21

There is no single master list of all the default system users in Linux. You can list them by looking at /etc/passwd and in general from there you need to look at the package associated with the user name, in this case speech-dispacher

Common interface to speech synthesizers

Home page

Speech Dispatcher project provides a high-level device independent layer for access to speech synthesis through a simple, stable and well documented interface.

The package is maintained by "Ubuntu Accessibility Developers "

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