Donnerstag, 1. November 2007

Testing new features in rawhide

Much talk about pulseaudio everywhere, so I wondered what it's all about and wanted to take a closer look (I likely should have done it weeks ago, but I was busy with other stuff...).

It wasn't really easy to find all the bits I need (I know, there were posts on fedora-devel-list or fedora-test-list weeks ago that explained what's needed, but well, that was months ago and they are not easy to find as well). Especially locating the volume control app made some trouble -- you see screenshots of it everywhere but that doesn't help much if you don't know the binary's name or the name of the package which contains it. Especially if you are so stupid as I was and just look in the packges with pulseaudio-prefix (hint for those that run into the same trap: the binary is called pavucontrol and it's package is called the same).

Those that install F8 freshly (once it's released) have more luck -- they will get the important bits by default. But rawhide testers (I updated this machine from F7 to rawhide months ago) didn't get it -- with IMHO kind of sucks, as a feature that will become by default isn't tested by default by regular rawhide users...

BTW: those that update from F7 to F8 with yum later won't get pulseaudio by default either...

Kommentare:

Matthias hat gesagt…

Fair point. How about turning your annoyance into something positive by adding a sentence about the relevant packages to the pulseaudio section of the release summary ?

F7 users should get pulseaudio upon upgrading, since pulseaudio obsoletes esound.

Thorsten "thl" Leemhuis hat gesagt…

> Matthias said...
>
> Fair point. How about turning your annoyance
> into something positive by adding a sentence
> about the relevant packages to the pulseaudio
> section of the release summary ?

Because I still haven't worked it out afaics. After writing it down I noticed that it didn't work as expected, so I did some more testing and installing. I think I got it running now, but I don't think I understand it enough to write a proper howto.

> F7 users should get pulseaudio upon
> upgrading, since pulseaudio obsoletes esound.

Well, I didn't get at least some of the needed parts automatically.

And, btw, the problem is not specific to pulseaudio. It's a general problem with rawhide :-/