A good documentation about PulseAudio can be found here: http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/PulseAudio/Documentation/.
With this tool one can record audio files from PulseAudio or play to PulseAudio.
On Gentoo the tools paplay, parec, parecord und pamon are symlinks for the pacat binary.
To record everything from PulseAudio you can use the following command: <source hightlight„bash“>pacat -r -n recording_input –file-format=wav /tmp/test.wav</source>
This tool is used to reconfigure a running PulseAudio daemon.
There is an interactive shell available: <source hightlight=„bash“>pacmd Welcome to PulseAudio! Use „help“ for usage information.
help Show this help list-modules List loaded modules list-cards List cards list-sinks List loaded sinks ... ...
One can also send commands with pacmd directly.
With this tool one can control a running PulseAudio daemon; though I didn't understand the difference between pacmd and pactl, yet.
This is a PulseAudio OSS wrapper. With this tool one can run programmes, which support OSS only, together with PulseAudio.
There are many modules which can be added/removed while PulseAudio is running. Also one can add them through configuration files.
A complete list of all available modules is available at [http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Software/PulseAudio/Documentation/User/Modules/ hier].