I am currently running shairport-sync on a raspberry pi zero running raspbian lite. Everything works well, but I am choosing to use a soundcard for auxillary input as well.

I currently have these scripts to run at the beginning before a device connects to shairport and after shairport ends playback.

the script run when a device connects is as follows:shairportstart.sh

/bin/ps -ef | /bin/grep are | /bin/grep -v /bin/grep | /usr/bin/awk '{print $2}'| /usr/bin/xargs /usr/bin/sudo /bin/kill
sleep 5s
if [ $(date +%H) -ge "18" -o $(date +%H) -le "7" ]; then
    amixer set Speaker 100%
    amixer -c 1 set Speaker 100%

exit 0

then the script that is being run after shairport ends is as follows:shairportend.sh

amixer set Speaker 70%
arecord -D plughw:1 -f dat | aplay -D plughw:1 -f dat&
exit 0

I have tried changing the shebang from #!/bin/sh to #!/bin/bash but neither of them work to kill the PID, but they still change the amixer level.

from the terminal when I run

/bin/ps -ef | /bin/grep are | /bin/grep -v /bin/grep | /usr/bin/awk '{print $2}'| /usr/bin/xargs /usr/bin/sudo /bin/kill

the PID signal is terminated and shairport is able to begin playing the music from the device connected to it. Even when I run the script from the terminal it terminates properly, but it does not do so otherwise.

Is there something I am missing or not doing properly? Any help is appreciated.

I have tried searching multiple topics related to killing the PID and none of them work. I have tried kill -9, kill all, but none seem to work.

I have raised an issue on shairport-sync github page, but I was told it was a possible difference between runtime environments, I have tried searching on that subject as well but came up with nothing.

  • I take it the process not die with sudo kill [pid]?
    – edesilets
    Jan 23, 2017 at 3:06
  • It does within the terminal, but does not when run in a script Jan 23, 2017 at 3:08
  • Sorry, about above premature question. Have you enabled debugging in your bash script? #!/bin/bash -x -v to help you find where it's getting caught up? Permissions may be another issue you could be running into.
    – edesilets
    Jan 23, 2017 at 3:11
  • No worries, I didn't even think of using the shebang as a way of debugging I will try that possibly tomorrow to see what is happening. I don't know that will help as shairport runs the script behind the scenes. Does your method log the output somewhere that I can go to check later. I have also posted my answer as what fixed the issue. I believe it is a permissions issue but I believe the script doesn't have enough permission to kill the given PIDS Jan 23, 2017 at 3:14

1 Answer 1


Ok I have solved the issue. When shairport-sync is enabled with systemctl and enabled as suggested in the readme.md, a script is unable to kill the process due to the need for sudo. Since systemd is run early in the boot process, it loads shairport-sync before /etc/sudoers is loaded. Then since systemd runs in a consistent environment it runs the process without any sudo rules. That being said, each time sudo is needed it will require a password, which is the error that is occuring and not allowing for the kill command to execute.

There are a few work arounds to solve this issue.

The first solution is running sudo systemctl disable shairport-sync. Then add /home/pi/shairport-sync/shairport-sync& to the end of your /etc/rc.local file.

The next solution is to change sudo permissions via sudo visudo. From there you can add shairport-sync ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD:ALL anywhere in the file, I chose to add it to the end of the file.

The last solution and possibly the simplest, is change your kill line from

/bin/ps -ef | /bin/grep are | /bin/grep -v /bin/grep | /usr/bin/awk '{print $2}'| /usr/bin/xargs /usr/bin/sudo /bin/kill


/usr/bin/echo "yourpasswordhere" | /usr/bin/sudo /bin/pkill arecord


While this is not completely related, this installation automatically sets up shairport-sync and allows for this line input with minor configuration changes: https://github.com/BaReinhard/Raspberry-Pi-Audio-Receiver-Install-Car-Install

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