When a bluetooth output device is paired no volume control thru indicator-sound

Bug #1404729 reported by Doug McMahon
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
indicator-sound (Ubuntu)
pulseaudio (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Test Case:
pair a bluetooth speaker
play an audio file

What happens:
sound is output to the bluetooth speaker but no volume control is possible thru the sound indicator or sound settings volume label
To get sound volume control one has to pick the bluetooth device in sound setting

What should happen:
once a speaker or headphones is paired sound settings should automatically set that as the output device to enable volume control

<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Sound#Phone-1>: "The indicator and the volume slider — identical to its counterpart in System Settings — should both represent, and the slider should adjust, the volume of the active output role through the primary sound output."

<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Sound#primary-output>: "If you connect any audio output device that is not headphones, a headset, or a secondary display, the primary output should change to that device."

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 15.04
Package: unity-control-center 15.04.0+15.04.20141217-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.16.0-25.33-generic 3.16.7
Uname: Linux 3.16.0-25-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.15.1-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Sun Dec 21 16:08:20 2014
InstallationDate: Installed on 2014-11-16 (35 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 15.04 "Vivid Vervet" - Alpha amd64 (20141114)
SourcePackage: unity-control-center
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
usr_lib_unity-control-center: deja-dup 32.0-0ubuntu1

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Doug McMahon (mc3man) wrote :
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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thanks for the bug report, the description is confusing though. You say that there is no control for the device in the settings and then you write that the device is listed and you can select it to control it... in any case the indicator should ideally have a control for that as well

affects: unity-control-center (Ubuntu) → indicator-sound (Ubuntu)
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in indicator-sound (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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pereze (pereze) wrote :

I'm also affected.
While the description may looks confusing, I agree on "what happens" and "what should happen" sections of the description.

It's annoying, unexpected from a user's perspective, unnecessary and has an "easy fix" that helps to improve the overall user experience.

I didn't considered important enough since the beginning, but after 1 year I'm annoyed enough to start digging and trying to find how to solve it by myself.
That lead me here.
Any help or hint is appreciated.


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pereze (pereze) wrote :


I actually found how to solve it.

Just edit this file:

sudo vi /etc/pulse/default.pa

And add the following:

# automatically switch to newly-connected devices
load-module module-switch-on-connect


description: updated
Changed in indicator-sound (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
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Xavi Garcia (xavi-garcia-mena) wrote :

The solution proposed points out that this is not an indicator-sound issue.
The indicator does not control which is the active output.

Adding pulseaudio package to the affected ones

Changed in indicator-sound (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Doug McMahon (mc3man)
Changed in pulseaudio (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thank you for reporting this bug to Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 15.04 (vivid) reached end-of-life on February 4, 2016.

See this document for currently supported Ubuntu releases:

We appreciate that this bug may be old and you might not be interested in discussing it any more. But if you are then please upgrade to the latest Ubuntu version and re-test.

Changed in pulseaudio (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for pulseaudio (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in pulseaudio (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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