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I am trying to run MPD server on Ubuntu 12.04.3. All worked with Ubuntu 11.10 and even with earlier 12.04. I am using Sonata as frontend and i get connected, playlists are available, i can choose a song, play it -- except getting audio out. Sound system is based on pulse-audio.

MPD has pretty good Wiki and pulse-audio configuration is covered too. I have tried debug my problems, but still did not get working.

What i have? I have:

  • mpd daemon working with started pulse-audio, in

    $ ps aux | grep -i mpd
    mpd      13770  3.9  5.4 144500 13636 ?        Ssl  Sep13 331:18 /usr/bin/mpd /etc/mpd.conf
    mpd      13778  1.4  1.0  88516  2532 ?        Sl   Sep13 119:21 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start --log-target=syslog
  • In /etc/mpd.conf i have

    audio_output {
            type            "pulse"
            name            "MPD PulseAudio Output"
            # sink      your-sink-name-here"
  • for sake in /etc/pulse/client.conf i enabled autospawn ( already default?):

    autospawn = yes
  • in /var/log/mpd/mpd.log i see played songs

  • under user "mpd" i can play music with mplayer and it works well with pulse-audio

I can't get

  • list of sinks under usual user or mpd:

    $ pacmd list-sinks
    No PulseAudio daemon running, or not running as session daemon.
  • any sound from mpd-server

In syslog i see, that pulse can't connect to d-bus, like:

    Sep 19 20:43:23 musa pulseaudio[787]: [pulseaudio] module-always-sink.c: Unable to load module-null-sink
    Sep 19 20:43:54 musa pulseaudio[1098]: [pulseaudio] server-lookup.c: Unable to contact D-Bus: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NotSupported: Unable to autolaunch a dbus-daemon without a $DISPLAY for X11
    Sep 19 20:43:54 musa pulseaudio[1098]: [pulseaudio] main.c: Unable to contact D-Bus: org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NotSupported: Unable to autolaunch a dbus-daemon without a $DISPLAY for X11

How to get mpd working again?

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migrated from serverfault.com Sep 19 '13 at 17:49

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It looks like you need either to tell mpd which pulseaudio sink to use or setup pulseaudio to use the right sink by default. pulseaudio errored while trying to load module-null-sink, but even if it had succeeded this sink just silently throws audio data away, so that is not what you want. What is the output of pacmd list-sinks? –  wingedsubmariner Sep 20 '13 at 2:35
@wingedsubmariner: yes, this may be a problem, but a) output of pacmd list-sinks is in my posting and b) mplayer plays well under ordinary user and under mpd-user too. I see that there is a problem connecting to D-BUS. –  wk. Sep 20 '13 at 16:30

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