I loved that sound. But apparantly they have removed it in this new LTS. Any way to get it back?

  • Thanks for asking this. Enough stuff has changed. At least I can get this back. Sep 4, 2012 at 21:14

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To add back the startup sound click on the power menu in the top right and select Startup Applications:

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Then select the Add button to add a new command and enter the following in the respective boxes:

Name: GNOME login sound

Command: /usr/bin/canberra-gtk-play --id="desktop-login" --description="GNOME Login"

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Press the Add button, close the Startup Applications box and reboot to enjoy your old sound again!

  • I found you had to add the -V switch with a value of at least 5 to hear it. May 1, 2012 at 1:39
  • I had 11.10 on my netbook and uncheck this item. Recently I installed a fresh 12.04.1, so I have this item there. But it doesn't work for me now!
    – AliN
    Sep 28, 2012 at 19:44


/usr/bin/canberra-gtk-play --id="desktop-login" --description="GNOME Login"
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    If you could explain how he can add this back it would be more useful, thanks! Apr 28, 2012 at 4:28
  • @aezzeldin would you please elaborate how to use this command to get the login sound back?
    – BRKsays
    Apr 28, 2012 at 5:41

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