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Re: pulseaudio causing crashing of applications

Alan Cox wrote:

I missed this part in my other response. X has historically _not_ been a layer that dictates any policy at all. Is it really true now that a policy decision in X forces the rest of the system to break access to audio devices? That's even more shocking than someone thinking this is a good idea in the first place.

Sorry I don't follow you at all at this point

It was specifically in response to your posting:
"VT switch locking policy is handled by X..."

- The kernel implements VT switch locking so you can decide not to switch
  desktop to another user
- X uses this to implement its own VT locking policies for the X server and
  clients. It's up to X to expose this to X clients.

X has just historically been "mechanism, not policy", so I thought it was somewhat shocking to hear a claim that X policy dictates that you break access to some audio device - under any circumstances.

But its set by policy files so if you want other users to broadcast your
webcam over the internet all day, listen to all your calls and send them to
friends you can configure it that way, but that should not be the default.

If I did leave a webcam running all day, perhaps for security reasons, I certainly wouldn't want to lose access to it just because someone else checks their email from that machine.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell gmail com

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