Simply start the PulseAudio daemon with the argument
This will present you a screen like this:
Welcome to PulseAudio! Use "help" for usage information. >>>
Now you can issue CLI commands as described here. If you already have
pulseaudio started use pacmd command to open the CLI. Another way to start
pulseaudio is by specifying a configuration script like that one included in the distribution on the command line:
pulseaudio -nF pulseaudio.pa
This will load some drivers and protocols automatically.
The best idea is to configure your daemon in
/etc/pulse/default.pa and to run
pulseaudio without any arguments.
Beware! Unless you pass the option
configure, the directory
/etc/pulse/ is really
More information about available arguments and signals for the daemon can be found here.