A few weeks ago I got a capture card and was trying to use loopback audio devices. After getting things working, I was unhappy with the overall result, and in my effort to roll back any and all of the changes I had my on my PC I began having audio issues. Namely, my onboard audio card started producing a very low volume static and nothing else. I found a post suggesting that two pieces of audio software on my PC were incompatible. After seeing that both pieces of software only possessed “optional” dependences, I picked one at random (pipewire) and removed it. After rebooting my PC, I’m at where I am now. — Needless to say, it appears it wasn’t quite as “optional” as I would’ve liked.
Although I reached out for help on this forum in the audio area, it seems I need some xorg/GNOME help as well now… Ooops.
I have quite a few details in my audio post here. If there’s any other information I could provide, don’t hesitate to ask.
Oh, and here is my xorg.0.log
What does “unable to start” mean?
Post error messages (from journal or on screen) and/or produce a better description.
Check and post
/var/log/pacman.log with all actions taken when
pipewire was removed.
pipewire is a requirement of quite a few GNOME packages, it cannot be removed without breakage as you found out the hard way. Either reinstall what you removed or nuke from orbit and start over.
❯ pacman -Sii pipewire | grep "Required By"
Required By : gnome-remote-desktop gst-plugin-pipewire krfb kwin lib32-pipewire manjaro-pipewire mutter mutter-x11-scaling mutter6 obs-studio pipewire-jack pipewire-media-session pipewire-zeroconf pulseeffects wireplumber xdg-desktop-portal xdg-desktop-portal-wlr
@deemon Does that answer your earlier temper tantrum?
[deemon@Zen ~]$ pactree -r pipewire
seems rather pointless… but letting it stay just in case…
To my disappointment wayland seems to be now required by everything… although in reality it’s never used … go figure…
My ignorance tells me that the only thing I removed was pipewire because it’s the only thing I actively selected to be removed… But here’s my pacman.log — And I will admit it looks kinda sketchy. That having been said, if I’m right, and only removed pipewire, why hasn’t reinstalling it fixed it yet?
I appreciate the insight @Yochanan . Still surprised that paman only listed 6 items as being dependent on pipewire, all of which labeled as “optional”, but maybe I just missed somethig.
Start looking through what was removed starting from line 1338.
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