SDL / Pulseaudio

Andre Heider a.heider at
Fri Mar 6 12:31:59 PST 2009

On Wed, Mar 4, 2009 at 12:24 AM, Marcus von Appen <mva at> wrote:
> On, Tue Mar 03, 2009, Andre Heider wrote:
>> Hi list,
>> devel/sdl12 doesn't pick up pulseaudio, no matter if I select it in
>> "make config" or not. I didn't find the time to dig further, but I
>> noticed 2 bits:
>> - the dependency to isn't set in the Makefile
> I missed that one, sorry. It will be fixed soon.
>> - if I run ./configure without args, it correctly finds the lib and
>> compiles the SDL audio driver for it
>> Is this a known issue or am I missing some other port?
> For some weird reason the --enable-pulseaudio switch will disable
> PulseAudio support in 1.2.13. That'll be fixed as well.
> Thanks for noticing and notifying :-).
> Regards
> Marcus

Hi Marcus,

thanks for the compile fix, it builds fine now with pulseaudio support :)

Unfortunately there're some runtime problems with this SDL driver:

1) setting the envvar PULSE_SERVER to forward the stream to another
box results in 'E: proplist.c: Assertion 'p' failed at
pulse/proplist.c:295, function pa_proplist_contains(). Aborting.'
(thats from the SDL app using pulseaudio). paplay works just fine.
2) inefficency, using not used envvars like PASERVER, etc

I fixed 1) with

 static char *get_progname(void)
        char *progname = NULL;
-#ifdef __LINUX__
+#if defined(__LINUX__) || defined (__FreeBSD__)
        FILE *fp;
        static char temp[BUFSIZ];

This obviously doesn't work for other platforms, but at least its fine
on freebsd for me. Streaming to a Linux pulseaudio server works now :)

for 2) see

I applied 2) (without the additional compatibility path, can't test
that and there's at least an #include missing) and combined it with my
oneliner change. Attached you'll find the results, ready to throw at


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