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I am using a console-based music player, called cmus. It is in the repositories.

If I ssh into my desktop computer from, say, a laptop and start cmus, I would like to be able to play music. But, if I'm not logged in via GDM on the desktop computer, pulseaudio doesn't seem to want to play sound. When I login via GDM on the desktop computer and start cmus through ssh, I do get sound.

My question is: Can I work around this somehow? Can I tell pulseaudio to be active even though I am not physically logged on the actual machine, but only remotely?

Thanks for any and all help!

Note: I am not trying to tunnel the sound through ssh. I instead want to enable the sound to come out of the speakers of the computer I ssh into. Please note the difference. If all of this is unclear, please let me know and I'll try my best to clarify!

  • Have you tried pulseaudio --start? – Salem Jun 14 '13 at 17:27
  • I have now, and that didn't work. pulseaudio -v --check produces: "I: [pulseaudio] main.c: Daemon running as PID 2125", but there is still no sound in the speakers until I log in via GDM, or via a VT. – Victor Jun 15 '13 at 15:34
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I know this question is a year old, but I figured this out myself just moments ago.

I have a machine (music@jukebox) and I discovered as long as I am logged in as the user music on the server I can log in simultaneously through ssh/putty/whatever on another machine and the audio plays through the speakers on the server machine just fine.

I hope this helps.

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    I'm sorry, that doesn't help. The question was: "Can I tell pulseaudio to be active even though I am not physically logged on the actual machine, but only remotely?" Thank you anyway! – Victor May 6 '15 at 7:21
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The only way I have found to do this so far is to run the audio program as root or with sudo. I'm still looking for a better way.

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