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    How to live without a soundcard[edit]

    Dont have a (working) soundcard but need a few signals, like a beep when a message arrives in your jabber client , a highlight in your irc client or when email arrives?

    In Debian, get apt-get install beep. In other Linux distributions or other OSes, install beep manually.

    Then you can make a shell script, for example in bash, create a new text file beep.sh with any text editor like vi or joe.


    beep -f 523 -l 300
    beep -f 10000 -l 500
    beep -f 880 -l 1000
    -f is the frequency of the tone in Hertz
    -l is the duration of the tone in millisecond

    check out details on man beep.

    Play with the options, you could even compose your own music with this ;)

    Even without beep program[edit]

    If you dont want to use the beep program, you can even live without that, using:

    echo -e "\007" >/dev/tty10

    And on Windows (type Ctrl-G for the ^G):

    echo "^G"

    Use executable script as player command[edit]

    When finished you make the beep.sh executable through:

    chmod +x beep.sh

    and finally you can enter something like


    as the player command in the settings of your Psi jabber client or according application that allows setting a custom player command on incoming events.


    Beep for Linux and Windows

    Manual for beep (man beep)

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