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Since having upgraded to Oneiric I can not create a sink in PulseAudio with a specific name. Usually I did it using this command:

pactl load-module module-null-sink sink_name=test

But now I get a sink with out the specified name. All sinks created are named »Null-Sink« and it does not seem to be possible to rename a sink. Is this a bug in Pulse?

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To give another name for a newly created sink we may issue the following command

pactl load-module module-null-sink sink_name=ANYNAME sink_properties=device.description="our_new_name"

This will also update the device.description field that contains the name of our newly created sink as it will be displayed in the sound preferences menu.

If you omit this the internal name of your sink is still test in your example as you will find out by running

pacmd list-sinks
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