Sound on command exit

Victor Tsaran vtsaran at
Sat Apr 15 18:53:07 EDT 2000

Sebo, wonderful!
thanks for the tip,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Sebastian Taralunga" <seba at>
To: <speakup at>
Sent: Saturday, April 15, 2000 2:29 AM
Subject: Re: Sound on command exit

> A simple way to get a beep on exiting a command is:
> command; echo ^G
> Where ^G is a real ^G and not just the characters ^ followed
> by G. That is, in order to use it you have to press ^V
> followd by ^G ( ^V tells the shell that a real ^G is
> following ).
> ^G is similar to a beep; if one beep is not enough you can
> use a command line like:
> command; echo ^G; sleep 1; echo ^G; sleep 1; echo ^G
> which would give you three beeps with one second delay
> between them.
> You can also use a command like:
> alias f='echo ^G; sleep 1; echo ^G'
> in your .profile so that you can alias f to two beeps with
> one second delay between them, from now on you can use
> command;f
> and here it is!
> Alternatively you can do is do create a small shell script
> (say f) which you should place in one of the paths from your
> $PATH; this script whould look like:
> #! /bin/sh
> echo ^G; sleep 1; echo ^G
> which does exactely the same thing.
> This is the difficult way to accomplish that.
> But from far away the most simple is to use a real ^G in
> your $PS1 variable like this:
> PS1='\h:\w\$ ^G'
> The PS1 variable is the one which tells the shell what to
> print as the command prompt. It is usually intialised within
> the /etc/profile, and it looks differently for the root or
> for the normal user. You can always change the value of this
> variable and the changes take effect immediately. You can
> change it's value within the .profile if you  want a very
> personalised profile.
> Now, on my system which is Slackware, the value of PS1 is
> \h:\w\$ which means: the prompt shows me the hostname, the
> current working directory and a $; so what I did I change
> this and I added a ^G which means that any time I eiher
> press enter or exit a command I will hear a beep.
> Please don't hesitate to ask any question if you need, I
> really hope this helps,
> Have a nice day,
> Sebastian
> On Fri, 14 Apr 2000, Victor Tsaran wrote:
> > Hello, listers!
> > Some of you have asked previously whether it is possible to have some
> > of beep after certain command exits or certain task terminates.
Yesterday I
> > was playing around with Linux with another friend of mine, Luke Davis,
> > is yet another Linux user from Philadelphia. Accidentally, we recalled
> > Unix allows one to specify several commands on a single command line by
> > dividing these commands with a semicolon. So, for instance, to run pine
> > after your lynx exits you could enter:
> >
> > lynx; pine <ENTER>
> >
> > The Pine would fire up as soon as you quit Lynx. that opens a lot of
> > interesting possibilities for providing temporary sound solutions to
> > indicate termination of a background task or any other event. You could
> > either run `play' command with your beloved .wav file on the command
line or
> > you could create a very short script called beep and exploit it.
> > Say, we have a file called beep_when_you_re_done.wav and you'd like to
> > when your kernel finishes compiling. You might enter:
> >
> > make bzImage output.txt 2>&1 &; play beep_when_you_re_done.wav
> >
> > Now you can safely switch to another console and do other things. When
> > bzImage" is finished, it will play the file.
> >
> > Hope this can help someone.
> > Regards,
> > Victor
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