Kodi and ALSA on Fedora 29

As described in my earlier post, disabling pulseaudio and setting ALSA audio for Linux Kodi setup should be easy. Unfortunately, stopping pulseaudio from respawing was not possible until pulse audio daemon was uninstalled. Here is description of this simple solution.

First just to note that my scenario is standalone Kodi HTPC and pulseaudio is not really needed. After fresh Fedora 29 installation I followed steps from my post:

Kodi and ALSA on Fedora 25

Described steps didn’t work no matter what was tried – global settings, pulseaudio setting for user and so on. Finally I typed “dnf remove” command and expect to see a large dependency list. Surprisingly, dnf displayed only several packages:

[root@kodi ~]# dnf remove pulseaudio
Dependencies resolved.
 Package                      Arch    Version             Size
 pulseaudio                   x86_64  12.2-1.fc29         3.8 M
Removing dependent packages:
 pulseaudio-module-x11        x86_64  12.2-1.fc29          76 k
Removing unused dependencies:
 rtkit                        x86_64  0.11-20.fc29        153 k
 speexdsp                     x86_64  1.2-0.14.rc3.fc29   516 k
Transaction Summary
Remove  4 Packages

Freed space: 4.5 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Running transaction check
Transaction check succeeded.
Running transaction test
Transaction test succeeded.
Running transaction
  Running scriptlet: pulseaudio-module-x11-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
Erase: pulseaudio-module-x11-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
  Erasing          : pulseaudio-module-x11-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
Erase: pulseaudio-module-x11-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
Erase: pulseaudio-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
  Running scriptlet: pulseaudio-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
  Erasing          : pulseaudio-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
Erase: pulseaudio-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
Erase: speexdsp-1.2-0.14.rc3.fc29.x86_64
  Erasing          : speexdsp-1.2-0.14.rc3.fc29.x86_64
Erase: speexdsp-1.2-0.14.rc3.fc29.x86_64
  Running scriptlet: speexdsp-1.2-0.14.rc3.fc29.x86_64
Erase: rtkit-0.11-20.fc29.x86_64
  Running scriptlet: rtkit-0.11-20.fc29.x86_64
  Erasing          : rtkit-0.11-20.fc29.x86_64
Erase: rtkit-0.11-20.fc29.x86_64
  Running scriptlet: rtkit-0.11-20.fc29.x86_64
  Verifying        : pulseaudio-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
  Verifying        : pulseaudio-module-x11-12.2-1.fc29.x86_64
  Verifying        : rtkit-0.11-20.fc29.x86_64
  Verifying        : speexdsp-1.2-0.14.rc3.fc29.x86_64



After deinstallation pulse packages and rebooting Kodi HTPC, pulseaudio was no longer displayed in processes. Now it was possible to select ALSA devces in Kodi system -> audio settings. And one note at the end. Environment variable AE_SINK was changed to KODI_AE_SINK in Kodi 18 Leia (if you’ll try with adding “KODI_AE_SINK=ALSA” to .bashrc file).

Kodi v18 (Leia) changelog

Anyway, in my case without pulseaudio packages, this variable was not needed.

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