[webkit-gtk] Webkit seizes sound device

Jeffrey Barish jeff_barish at earthlink.net
Sat Nov 30 09:00:14 PST 2013

Apologies to those who have seen this message on the webkit mailing list.  I 
erroneously subscribed to that list before understanding that I should have 
subscribed to this one.

When I visit a web page that wants to play a sound, webkit opens the sound 
device and never lets go of it until I navigate away from the page.  I would 
like for webkit not to open the sound device (and to ignore any play request, 
obviously).  Is there a way to tell webkit globally that it should ignore all 
sounds and never, ever open the sound device?

I am on Lubuntu 12.04.  webkit appears to be 1.0.

I found the enable_webaudio property in WebSettings.  It seemed as if it would 
solve my problem, but it was already at its default value (False).

I tried changing some settings in dconf-editor:

org | gnome | desktop | media-handling | autorun-never -> ticked
org | gnome | desktop | media-handling | autorun-x-content-ignore -> 
desktop | gstreamer | 0.10 | default-elements | {chat,music,sounds}-audiosink 
-> fakesink

all to no avail.  Any suggestions?  My best idea at this point is to filter the 
<audio></audio> item out of the html, but I think that's a pretty bad idea.


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