I am newer to Ubuntu and I am trying to slowly learn. I have been trying to activate and change my login sound but currently I still hear nothing. I did hear the login sound at a point and I think I messed it up when I changed the file.

This is what I have done. I added a startup application with this command I pasted in, /usr/bin/canberra-gtk-play --id="desktop-login" --description="GNOME Login sound". I then typed in gksu nautilus and went to /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo and I changed two files, desktop-login.ogg and system-startup.ogg, at least that is what I renamed them.

I renamed the old desktop-login.ogg to system-startup.ogg, which I thought was that files original name in the same folder just to move it out of the way and keep the sound. I brought in a new .ogg file and renamed it desktop-login.ogg in hopes that the new file would take hold and play in the old files place upon startup/login. I currently get no sounds. Can anyone find my error? My first thoughts are that the name I made, system-startup.ogg, was not the original name.

  1. Open Terminal and enter this command:

    gedit ~/.config/autostart/loginsound.desktop

  2. Copy and paste the text below into this new blank file: [Desktop Entry] Type=Application Exec=/usr/bin/canberra-gtk-play --id="desktop-login" Name=Login Sound Comment=Play login sound on startup Icon=multimedia-volume-control Hidden=false NoDisplay=true X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=true

  3. Exit Gedit saving the modified file.

  4. Make sure that you have a file named /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/desktop-login.ogg and it does play your preferred login sound - you can try the command /usr/bin/canberra-gtk-play --id="desktop-login" and if you don't hear anything there might be something wrong with that file:

    1. Does it really contain any sound?

    2. Does it have read permissions for all? (You can check this via gksu nautilus command or the Properties context menu item.)

  • Im not sure if I still needed the code you gave me but after that didn't work I checked the file and indeed it didn't allow any read privileges. – Cliffbrowning84 Feb 11 '14 at 12:55
  • You can of course achieve this in various ways, but I think this is a good method for enabling login sound in Ubuntu as it is also displayed in Startup Applications (GUI) applet. – Sadi Feb 11 '14 at 13:01

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