Beep

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Beep is an advanced PC speaker beeping program. It is useful for situations where no sound card and/or speakers are available, and simple audio notification is desired.

Installation

Install the beep package.

Configuration

Access for non-root users

By default beep will fail if not run by the root. Other users may call it using sudo. To let group users call sudo beep without a password (for example to use it in scripts), /etc/sudoers should be edited:

%users ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/beep

or, to let only a single user do that:

username ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/beep

Another way is setting the sticky bit on /usr/bin/beep:

# chmod 4755 /usr/bin/beep

Note however that this way anyone can execute /usr/bin/beep with root permissions. The change also creates a difference between local copy and the package, which will be reported by pacman -Qkk.

Unmuting in alsamixer

You should also unmute the Beep channel using alsamixer.

$ alsamixer

You may need to press F6 and select your card. scroll to the Beep channel using the arrow keys and press M to unmute the channel. notice that the "MM" label below the channel will change to "00". you can also use to increase the volume of the channel.

Press Esc to close alsamixer.

You can also save your settings to ALSA Mixer to make it permanent:

# alsactl -f /var/lib/alsa/asound.state store

Tips and Tricks

While many people are happy with the traditional beep sound, some may like to change its properties a bit. The following example plays slighly higher and shorter sound and repeats it two times.

# beep -f 5000 -l 50 -r 2

See also