Now I can't Keep Pulseaudio From Taking over Everything!

Janina Sajka janina at
Fri May 10 13:02:22 EDT 2013

Hi, Steve:

If you're still struggling to kill pulseaudio, here's how I do it:

become root
rm -f /usr/bin/pulseaudio
touch /usr/bin/pulseaudio
chmod 555 /usr/bin/pulseaudio

You still need to monitor that some package update doesn't overwrite
/usr/bin/pulseaudio, but this hasn't been a problem for me, and I've
used this strategy for a long time.


Steve Holmes writes:
> I thought I got pulseaudio disabled like I used to but every time I
> execute the espeak command or run emacspeak, it keeps using pulseaudio
> and killing ALSA until it releases it.  Even paplay works but I have
> /etc/pulseaudio/ completely commented out and stupid pulse
> keeps rering its ugly head.  Any other ideas on how to stop it in its
> tracks? I could uninstall the pulseaudio package but it is required by
> gnome-settings-daemon.
> This is all on a current up to date Arch Linux box.  Everything seemed
> to be fine until I gave pulseaudio a try yesterday.  Now things seem
> to be a mess around here.
> Any ideas?
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