A trivial application, but somthing that worked fine under 10.04 12.04 and fails under 14.04.
sox (play) is configured via my user crontab to chime a cuckoo clock sound hourly:
0 * * * * /usr/bin/play -q -v 0.25 /home/username/cuckoo.au
The soundfile plays normally unless another desktop sound application is running simultaneously such as vlc or rhythmbox, in which case syslog still logs a successful execution of play but no sound output occurs. If I run play manually from a xterm, if works fine-- even with the other application(s) running. Executed from cron and it fails to produce the expected sound.
I just upgraded from 12.04, and the exact same configuration worked fine.
Any idea what's going on?