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After installing gm-notify I see the option of hearing a sound every time a new e-mail arrives in my Gmail inbox, but I don't know where Ubuntu (10.4) stores the system sounds to assign one. Any ideas? Thanks.

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/usr/share/sounds/gnome/default/alerts

would be a good place to find sounds for this purpose.

/usr/share/sounds/ubuntu

is a sound theme. Sound themes can be chosen in sound preferences. 'ubuntu' is the only sound theme installed by default (Edit: this was removed in 18.10). I would advise against editing files in this folder directly. A better thing to do, if you wanted to edit the sounds in this folder, would be to copy it (perhaps to /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu-modified) and change the index.theme file to have a different name.

sudo cp -R /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu-modified
sudo -H gedit /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu-modified/index.theme

Once this is done, you can safely edit the sounds in /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu-modified.

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  • I see the sounds, and the sound config lets me turn up the "cheek-pop" sound - but don't see themes.
    – SDsolar
    Aug 1, 2017 at 18:59
  • I was about to ask about the license these sounds have. Seems its CC by SA so it seems they can be used to make derivative works, like a song, from these sounds (:D)
    – DarkCygnus
    Jun 10, 2020 at 1:55
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You can find the bulk of the system sounds here: /usr/share/sounds/ with the majority of them being in /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo

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/usr/share/sounds

If you remove/rename a sound, it should stop. Or you can replace it with an .ogg sound (.wav works too... I think...)

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  • Thank you all for your responses. I could already assign a system sound to gm-notify and it works beautifully.
    – mxhernaiz
    Aug 7, 2010 at 15:43
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You can also try

Sound > Sound Effects

I have mine switched off since I find sound effects annoying

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For some sillier sounds (which I sometimes like to use for system events), you can also check here: /usr/share/gnome-games/sounds

You can download more system sounds for Gnome at Gnome-look.org, too.

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  • I know this was posted over 6 years ago, but that link doesn't work - link rot. It sure is best if you can post info for how to use sounds.
    – SDsolar
    Aug 1, 2017 at 19:00

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