Disabling Pipewire with systemctl?

Hey everyone, I'm the weird one still using jack2 as my sound server and pulseaudio-jack as a sync to get all my audio right. I'm an audio engineer, and pipewire isn't filling my needs quite yet.

So since there are so many dependencies everywhere, I'd like to stop pipewire from autostarting. Here's what I've done, I know I haven't gotten it right.

#! systemctl stop pipewire.service
#! systemctl disable pipewire.service
#! systemctl mask pipewire.service

What am I missing? is pipewire managed by systemctl, because I can't seem to get this to stop autostarting even when I stop the service (Even autostarting right again after killing the process.)


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Garuda Linux comes with Garuda Assistant. You can restore the use of PulseAudio and Jack and disable Pipewire there.

There is no need to deal with the command line, as the devs provides a much better GUI frontend.


There are a bunch of dependencies that I don't want to mess with in removing pipewire. The assistant doesn't actually remove pipewire on my systemss. It would be easier to to have it installed and disabled rather than try to remove it manually.

Plus I'd like to learn how to use systemctl correctly.

I believe it is systemctl --user stop pipewire.socket.

How do you define easier? Do you know what it needs? :roll_eyes:
AFAIK you can only have one enabled/acting.
If you want pulseaudio, use pulseaudio.
I suggest you use Garuda utility to replace pipewire. Else, read Archwiki on how to install pulseaudio, or alsa, or whatever you think you need.
Do you know what you need?

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Removing pipewire is probably not possible as plasma depends on it.


Perfect! Thanks so much.

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I've found my answer, but I have been able to run pipewire in tandem with jack, and I had routed pulseaudio through jack as well. I didn't want to, but everything was going at the same time.

Now that I can turn off pipewire, I'm able to run pulseaudio through the jack sink, Jack runs all the time for my audio software, and I don't have to manage the dependency stuff between jack and pipewire. Right now I'm a very happy camper. Thanks for all the help!


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