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Sometimes, when no sound card and/or speakers are available, it can be handy to use PC internal speaker for notifications. Command-line interface to this feature can be installed with Pacman.
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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.
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==Installation==
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Command-line interface to this feature can be installed with Pacman.
 
  # pacman -S beep
 
  # pacman -S beep
  
By default, beep command can be run only root, but other users can be allowed to run it also, by changing permissions of the beep command.
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==Configuration==
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By default, only root can run the beep command, but other users can be allowed to run it by changing the permissions of the beep command.
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# chmod 4755 /usr/bin/beep
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You should also unmute the Beep channel using {{Ic|alsamixer}}.
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$ alsamixer
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you may need to press {{keypress|F6}} and select your card. scroll to the Beep channel using the arrow keys and press {{keypress|M}} to unmute the channel. notice that the "MM" label below the channel will change to "00". you can also use {{keypress|↑}} to increase the volume of the channel.
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press {{Keypress|Esc}} to close alsamixer.
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you can also save your settings to ALSA Mixer to make it permanent:
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# alsactl -f /var/lib/alsa/asound.state store
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==Tips and Tricks==
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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.
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# beep -f 5000 -l 50 -r 2
  
# chmod u+s /usr/bin/beep
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==See also==
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*[[Advanced Linux Sound Architecture]]

Revision as of 22:26, 13 November 2012

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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

Command-line interface to this feature can be installed with Pacman.

# pacman -S beep

Configuration

By default, only root can run the beep command, but other users can be allowed to run it by changing the permissions of the beep command.

# chmod 4755 /usr/bin/beep

You should also unmute the Beep channel using alsamixer.

$ alsamixer

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

press Template:Keypress 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