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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.


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

# pacman -S beep


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

# chmod u+s /usr/bin/beep

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