Bug 181960 - The bell/alarm character produces no sound when sent to a console terminal
The bell/alarm character produces no sound when sent to a console terminal
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: John W. Linville
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2006-02-17 17:54 EST by arch harris
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-10-12 11:10:22 EDT
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Description arch harris 2006-02-17 17:54:13 EST
Description of problem:
  When sent to a console terminal, the bell/alarm character does not produce any

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Execute: echo -e '\a'
Actual results:
  No sound

Expected results:
  A beep sound

Additional info:
Comment 2 Neil Horman 2006-05-04 10:05:30 EDT
Um, most terminals suppress the bell sound when that scan code is received (due
to the horrible annoying sound it makes :) ).  xterms I think eat the bell
universally (although this may be changeable in the termcap for vt100 consoles),
but they do allow you to redirect the character to a visual bell via the
shift-rightmouse menu.  Konsole has a bell configuration menu that defaults to
off, but can be set to 'system notification' to play the bell tone through the
Comment 3 John W. Linville 2006-05-05 10:54:15 EDT
Have you tried the suggestions from comment 2?  Please do so and post the 
resuls here...thanks! 
Comment 4 Kostas Georgiou 2006-08-05 07:39:47 EDT
Isn't this because the pcspkr kernel module doesn't get loaded by default? I had
a few users complaining about this in my systems (which means that they don't
think the sound is annoying :).
Comment 5 John W. Linville 2006-10-12 11:09:52 EDT
Closed due to lack of response.  Please reopen when the requested information 
becomes availbale...thanks!

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