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I have started a long process through a terminal. Is it possible to make the Ubuntu terminal make a sound once the process is complete? This way, I don’t need to keep checking, but will instead be notified through a sound.

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Can you explain further what do you mean with process complete? –  Lucio Apr 2 '13 at 18:21
@Lucio control is returned back to the terminal –  Goaler444 Apr 2 '13 at 18:23
Do you mean, open an application from terminal and when it finish, make a sound? Do you have an Ubuntu server or you mean GUI software? –  Lucio Apr 2 '13 at 18:24
yes exactly. For example i start a command line program, and once it exits and control is returned back to the terminal, a sound is made. I am currently using Ubuntu 12.10 –  Goaler444 Apr 2 '13 at 18:31

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There are at least three command line ways to accomplish this by putting the suiting command at the end of your script you may invoke for your lengthy process:

  1. The "classical" way to play a sound is to use beep Install beep through the PC speakers. However this will not work in all cases (e.g. in my system PC speakers are completely disabled).

    beep [optional parameters]
  2. We can also play any sound file in wav format using aplay (installed by default):

    aplay /usr/share/sounds/alsa/Side_Right.wav
  3. Another way is to use the pulseaudio command line interface to enable playback of any sound files your system recognizes:

     pacmd play-file /path/to/sound.file <index/name>

    Replace the <index/name> with the index or name of output sink desired, e.g.:

     pacmd play-file /usr/share/sounds/freedesktop/stereo/complete.oga 1

We can use default sound files from /usr/share/sounds/, or any other sound file we may have in a different location.

Just to have mentioned it, there is another nice way to achieve this by misusing espeak, which is installed by default in Ubuntu <= 12.04. See, or rather hear the following example:

#! /bin/bash

c=10; while [ $c -ge 0 ]; do espeak $c; let c--; done; sleep 1 ## here lengthy code
espeak "We are done with counting"

In Ubuntu >= 12.10 Orca uses speak-dispatcher. We can then install espeak Install espeak, or alternatively use spd-say "Text".

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thanks, went for option 2 :) –  Goaler444 Apr 2 '13 at 19:42
@Takkat I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 and espeak is currently not installed. –  Lucio Apr 2 '13 at 20:55
@Lucio: yeah, now that you say it... They switched to speak-dispatcher. If this works (it does not on my system) see edit for using spd-say. –  Takkat Apr 2 '13 at 21:07
@Takkat The spd-say utility is installed by default and it works on my system. –  Lucio Apr 2 '13 at 21:09

I use

make; spd-say done

Replace "make" with whatever long-running command you use.

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