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How do i change the start up background music in Ubuntu and can i add any customized music for startup? What are the various ways of setting this?

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For Enhancement of the start up sound one suggestion is given in It is for Ubuntu. – user151034 Apr 21 '13 at 14:06
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If you want another sound during login you can do it this way from a terminal sesson:

cd /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo

replace the file


with the soundfile you want. You can do it like this (including backup):

sudo cp desktop-login.ogg desktop-login.ogg.old
sudo cp ~/Downloads/dekstop-login.ogg .

if your new file is inside your home's Download directory. I have not seen a default application where you can do this.

And yes, you can create a custom sound from for instance a music clip with audacity. Just make sure you save it as ogg and do not make it too long.

You can also do it like this. From commandline

gksu nautilus

This will open Nautilus as root. Now navigate to your new file, rightclick and copy it. Navigate to /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo and click on desktop-login.ogg, press F2, and add .old to the name. Then click on some free space, rightclick and choose paste

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I believe you are referring to the sound file here:


Which is a symbolic link to:


You could simply backup these files and replace with your own files.

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/usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/system-ready.ogg is a symbolic link to dialog-question.ogg. Therefore, remove the symbolic link and copy the sound you want to system-ready.ogg:

sudo rm /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/system-ready.ogg

sudo cp myfunkysound.ogg /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/system-ready.ogg

To restore the original conditions after doing the above, do this:

sudo rm /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/system-ready.ogg

cd /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/

ln -s dialog-question.ogg system-ready.ogg
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