Also, as user:

cassiopeia ~ > pulseaudio -k
N: [pulseaudio] main.c: System mode refused for non-root user. Only starting 
the D-Bus server lookup service.

Then, as root, with system mode running:

cassiopeia:~# ps aux | grep pulse
pulse       2334  0.0  0.0 239320 10568 ?        S<l  17:26   0:00 pulseaudio -D
ralph       2344  0.0  0.0  86928  5280 ?        S<s  17:27   0:00 
/usr/bin/pulseaudio --daemonize=no --log-target=journal
cassiopeia:~# pulseaudio -k
E: [pulseaudio] main.c: Failed to kill daemon: No such process

This makes no sense.

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  Pulseaudio cannot be kept from starting or respawning

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Bug description:
  On my freshly installed system, I need to run pulseaudio in system
  mode.  Alas, by default, pulseaudio is run in user mode, and is set to
  respawn, so that I cannot kill the user process and start pulseaudio
  in system mode.

  I tried:

  1. Editing /etc/pulse/client.conf, setting autospawn = no.  This did nothing.
  2. Removing the file /etc/pulse/client.conf.d/01-respawn-something.  I cannot 
even begin to fathom why such a file would exist.  Anyway, this did nothing.
  3. I removed the file /usr/bin/start-pulseaudio.  Why ....  Of course, this 
did nothing.
  4. I removed the file /etc/xdg/autostart/pulseaudio.desktop.  Why on earth do 
you implement four different ways to annoy your users?  On the other hand, this 

  User mode is still starting, and respawning is enabled.

  What the heck do I have to do to get rid of user mode pulseaudio?
  Could you please clean up this clusterfuck?

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