[vlc-devel] Flamebait: PulseAudio removal

Rafaël Carré rafael.carre at gmail.com
Sun Nov 28 21:21:58 CET 2010

On Sat, 27 Nov 2010 20:24:48 +0200
"Rémi Denis-Courmont" <remi at remlab.net> wrote:

> 	Hello,
> The VLC PulseAudio output is known to cause huge memory leaks in some 
> circumstances, that have appaled a number of Linux VLC users. I don't

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/karmic/+source/pulseaudio/+bug/424655 ?

> * The VLC PulseAudio plugin seems(?) unmaintained.

That's my impression too

> * PulseAudio itself is largelly unmaintained. Lennart Poettering
> decided to reinvent a more interesting wheel, in the form of systemd.

which marks the 0.9.22 release he "hope[s] to do more PA work again" so
we could wait a bit and see how it goes

> Of course, if we remove PulseAudio, we have to make sure we don't end
> up using it through OSS or ALSA, as the PulseAudio emulation of those
> is complete crap and not going to be fixed. Not to worry, this is
> pretty trivial as long as PulseAudio is run by the user session:
> 	/* PulseAudio hijacks ALSA and OSS defaults. Kill it. */
> 	system("killall pulseaudio");

I think it's quite evil but OTOH i don't know how else to bypass PA

Rafaël Carré

More information about the vlc-devel mailing list