Replace xfce4-mixer with pavucontrol

Bug #961744 reported by Simon Steinbeiß on 2012-03-21
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xubuntu-meta (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Due to the switch to pulseaudio a few releases back, the situation with xfce4-mixer has become more and more troublesome. The multimedia-buttons (especially unmute) don't work well anymore – a problem actually addressed in xfce4-volumed by prioritizing pulseaudio over alsa – et al.
All in all xfce4-mixer was designed for alsa and that's what it works best with. Since Xubuntu uses pulseaudio instead and indicator-sound in the panel it makes far more sense to ship a mixer that can bring forward the advantages of pulseaudio (e.g. per application volume-levels), i.e. pavucontrol.

This is why I propose to replace xfce4-mixer with pavucontrol, it doesn't make sense to ship two mixers, this would only cause a confusing situation (=mix up ;) ) for users.

Obviously this replacement will have consequences, e.g. favoring pavucontrol in the "sound settings" of indicator-sound. (bug #951745)

Pasi Lallinaho (knome) on 2012-03-21
description: updated
description: updated
Scott Kitterman (kitterman) wrote :

If Xubuntu wants this, the it should go ahead. Approved, but do it quickly.

Changed in xubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Changed in xubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → In Progress
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package xubuntu-meta - 2.151

xubuntu-meta (2.151) precise; urgency=low

  * Refreshed dependencies
  * Added gstreamer0.10-pulseaudio to desktop-recommends
  * Added pavucontrol to desktop-recommends lp: #961744
  * Removed gstreamer0.10-alsa from desktop-recommends
  * Removed xfce4-mixer from desktop-recommends
 -- Lionel Le Folgoc <email address hidden> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 20:50:28 +0100

Changed in xubuntu-meta (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Franck MIKULECZ (mikmik) wrote :

All this makes sense, pavucontrol works well with XFCE but...

==> Don't forget the panel icon launcher for pavucontrol !

The xfce one does nothing for PulseAudio, can't change the output for Speakers or Headset etc.

Thank you for your great work.

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