terminal bell pc speaker

Chris Adams cmadams at hiwaay.net
Thu Jan 6 00:35:18 UTC 2011

Once upon a time, Christoph Wickert <christoph.wickert at googlemail.com> said:
> Am Mittwoch, den 05.01.2011, 10:30 -0600 schrieb Chris Adams:
> > Once upon a time, Mike Zingale <zingale at gmail.com> said:
> > > Hi, I just installed Fedora 14 on my machine.  There is no beep
> > > through the pc speaker from terminal events.  This worked previously
> > > in Fedora 10 on this machine.  I tried loading the pcspkr module, but
> > > that did not fix the problem.  Any ideas on how to get the terminal
> > > bell/pc speaker working?
> > 
> > AFAIK there is no way to get the PC speaker to beep anymore in X; the
> > PulseAudio author decided nobody should use that anymore. 
> .. but nevertheless for those who still want it, he provided a module
> that can be installed with 
> # yum install pulseaudio-module-x11
> to get the old behavior back.

That module has pulseaudio catch the X beep and turn it into a sound
effect (out the sound card/speakers), similar to what metacity does.  If
you are running compiz instead of metacity, you would use that module to
get a sound file played instead of a PC speaker beep.

The real problem is that metacity takes the decision away from the user;
it is hard coded to catch the X beep itself, and you _can't_ have PC
speaker beeps with metacity, only sound effects.  There's a year-old bug
in the GNOME Bugzilla to revert that (especially since it makes a lot
more sense for pulseaudio to do it, not the window manager), but it has
been ignored by the metacity developer(s).


Chris Adams <cmadams at hiwaay.net>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.

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