Just wondering if there a way to temporarily disable PulseAudio as I am trying to run a specific Wine game (Left 4 Dead 2) and it makes the game crash occasionally.
If I kill the process it automatically comes back up. Any suggestions?
/etc/pulse/client.conf, you can uncomment the line
autospawn=yes and replace the yes with a "no". Of course this should be possible to set this in .pulse directory in your home directory.
A cleaner way to do this would be to create a
client.conf in your .pulse dir in ~ and put the line "autospawn=no" in it. It would be good to turn back on autospawn after you have done what you need to do.
I use the script:
#!/bin/bash echo autospawn = no > $HOME/.config/pulse/client.conf pulseaudio --kill rm $HOME/.config/pulse/client.conf
Then play the game, then re-enable PA:
Works on Xubuntu 13.10. Replace ".config/pulse" with ".pulse" in the script if it doesn't work (usually on old *buntues)
In my case, I was unable to stop pulseaudio since it was being restarted automatically by systemctl.
The proper way to stop pulseaudio, in that case is:
systemctl --user stop pulseaudio.socket systemctl --user stop pulseaudio.service
To start it again, you can use:
systemctl --user start pulseaudio.socket systemctl --user start pulseaudio.service
What I did.... stopped it from respawning because it couldn't find it....... right click the /etc folder in the file browser (open as root) create a new folder called pulseoff, then move the pulse folder into it (drag and drop). The system doesn't have the command to look there for it. If you want to start it again, cut it from the pulseoff folder, go up a step to the /etc folder and paste it there...... Some people like to make it out to be harder than it really is with editing files and stuff and mostly those edits don't work I tried them. Do it the easy way. I restarted the machine and checked the system monitor before posting this, pulseaudio is not running and sucking up memory.