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FS#53195 - [firefox] Please build with ALSA support

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Philipp ├ťberbacher (hollunder) - Tuesday, 07 March 2017, 07:59 GMT
Last edited by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Tuesday, 07 March 2017, 15:20 GMT
Task Type Feature Request
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan de Groot (JGC)
Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 22
Private No


as of version 52.0 firefox has a hard dependency on PulseAudio. Without pulseaudio running, there is no sound.
According to the developer, firefox can still be built with ALSA support.

Here is the relevant link to the mozilla bugtracker:

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Closed by  Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Tuesday, 07 March 2017, 15:20 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  52.0-2
Comment by manni (manik) - Tuesday, 07 March 2017, 08:06 GMT
As of now, systems without pulse audio do not have any sound in firefox.

Please build with ALSA support
Comment by Turbo B (Turbo) - Tuesday, 07 March 2017, 09:59 GMT
yes please!
Comment by hantor (hantor) - Tuesday, 07 March 2017, 13:40 GMT
I cannot use pulse audio on my system due to compatibility issues with some software/hardware.
Following upstream into restricting the free choice of the audio server will break firefox for me (and likely many others judging from the many issues of pulseaudio)

Please please compile with ALSA support.
Comment by Thomas Dagenais (exrok) - Tuesday, 07 March 2017, 14:47 GMT
I currently have two arch systems running hardware with compatibility issues with pulseaudio. However ALSA in Firefox only works in non-e10s tabs or atleast that was the case in Firefox nightly. I am unsure what would be the best decision here if Mozilla plans on not supporting ALSA at all going further. As adding ALSA support will just be delaying the inevitable, if it complete breaks or effects stability down the line. Ideally I would want upstream support for ALSA in firefox going further and perhaps building it in by default in ARCH may indicate the desire for this.

Either way I think compiling with ALSA support should be considered.
Comment by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Tuesday, 07 March 2017, 14:56 GMT
The coming sandbox breaks ALSA. I'll build with --enable-alsa until Firefox 54, at which point libpulse will be a hard depend.