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Is it possible to replace System beep with some pleasant sound?

I like having the terminal alert me with a sound rather than a window flash. I prefer to have a pleasant sound because disabling the beep means missing the command completion and its output on terminal.

I prefer to do this using configuration files rather than GUI.

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Well certainly there's a way to alter that. Here's how you can do that:

First collect/download sound files suites your choice.

Open up:


Replace the sound files with your downloaded sound files.

Remember the name and the extension should be the same.

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And some more *.ogg sounds here:… May be useful. – Hilmi Erdem KEREN Apr 17 '12 at 17:11

You mean the "alert sound" ? That would be System Settings > Sound. Here you can choose what you like.

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Can you please point me to the configuration files for this setting instead from GUI? – Nanda Apr 17 '12 at 15:07

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