I'm trying to debug a broken sound system on an Ubuntu 16 laptop.

I want to try completely uninstalling Pulseaudio, so I ran:

sudo apt-get remove --purge pulseaudio

However, this generates the odd output:

The following packages will be REMOVED:
  indicator-sound* pulseaudio* pulseaudio-module-x11* pulseaudio-utils* rtkit* unity-control-center*
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  gcc-5-base:i386 gcc-6-base:i386 gnome-control-center libasound2:i386 libasound2-plugins:i386 libasyncns0:i386 libaudit1:i386 libc6:i386 libcap2:i386 libdbus-1-3:i386 libfftw3-single3:i386 libflac8:i386
  libgcc1:i386 libgcrypt20:i386 libgomp1:i386 libgpg-error0:i386 libice6:i386 libjack-jackd2-0:i386 libjson-c2:i386 libltdl7:i386 liblzma5:i386 libogg0:i386 liborc-0.4-0:i386 libpam-systemd:i386 libpam0g:i386
  libpcre3:i386 libpulse0:i386 libpulsedsp:i386 libsamplerate0:i386 libselinux1:i386 libsm6:i386 libsndfile1:i386 libspeexdsp1:i386 libstdc++6:i386 libsystemd0:i386 libtdb1:i386 libudev1:i386 libuuid1:i386
  libvorbis0a:i386 libvorbisenc2:i386 libwebrtc-audio-processing-0:i386 libwrap0:i386 libx11-6:i386 libx11-xcb1:i386 libxau6:i386 libxcb1:i386 libxdmcp6:i386 libxext6:i386 libxtst6:i386 **pulseaudio:i386**
  pulseaudio-module-bluetooth pulseaudio-module-x11:i386 pulseaudio-utils:i386 rtkit:i386

It looks like it's going to install the pulseaudio:i386 package, even though I'm explicitly telling it to remove the pulseaudio package. What's going on here?

  • what happens if you just do a sudo apt update \ sudo apt upgrade? I'm trying to see if all this change traffic is generated by what you're doing, or if you have unincorporated updates. I'm particularly intrigued by the gcc part. – Organic Marble Jul 27 '18 at 16:47
  • That shows nothing needs updating/upgrading. – Cerin Jul 27 '18 at 23:29
  • Did you have an luck? – HörmannHH Jan 15 at 11:40

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