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Title: Set HDMI sound output automatically on connect/disconnect
ID: /2017/04/24/Set-HDMI-sound-output-automatically-on-connect_disconnect
Created: April 24, 2017    Edited:  June 12, 2020
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Ubuntu 16.04 - 20.04 Answer

This works for Ubuntu 16.04 - 20.04 which introduced a bug with Pulse Audio 8. Create the file hotplugtv (or hotplug-hdmi if you prefer) and copy in the following lines:


# NAME: hotplugtv
# PATH: /home/$USER/bin
# DESC: Update pulseaudio output device when HDMI TV plugged / unplugged
# CALL: called from /etc/udev/rules.d/99-hotplugtv.rules 
#       and /home/$USER/bin/lock-screen-timer
# DATE: Created Nov 26, 2016.
# NOTE: logs output using log-file
# UPDT: Dec 14, 2016 - Sometimes /sys/class/drm/card0 & sometimes /sys/class/drm/card1
#       so use /sys/class/dmcard* instead.
#       Dec 21, 2016 - Relocated to /home/$USER/bin for calling by lock-screen-timer
#       Aug 06, 2017 - Convert from home grown log-file to universal logger command.

if [[ $(cat /sys/class/drm/card*-HDMI-A-1/status | grep -Ec "^connected") -eq 1 ]]; then
        logger -t /home/rick/bin/log-hotplugtv "HDMI TV connected"
        /bin/sleep 2;
        export PULSE_RUNTIME_PATH="/run/user/1000/pulse/";
        sudo -u rick -E pacmd set-card-profile 0 output:hdmi-stereo;
        logger -t /home/rick/bin/log-hotplugtv "HDMI TV disconnected"
        export PULSE_RUNTIME_PATH="/run/user/1000/pulse/";
        sudo -u rick -E pacmd set-card-profile 0 output:analog-stereo;

exit 0

IMPORTANT: Change the user name β€œrick” to your user name.

In order to call this script from udev during hot-plug events create the file /etc/udev/rules.d/99-hotplugtv.rules containing:

ACTION=="change", SUBSYSTEM=="drm", ENV{HOTPLUG}=="1", RUN+="/home/rick/bin/hotplugtv"

Change /home/rick/bin/ to the path where you placed hotplugtv script.

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