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Assignee: Luke Yelavich (themuso) => (unassigned)
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Overuse of system beep without volume control
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System 'beeps' have become omnipresent in gnome. When I unplug my
power cord, the notification system emits a system beep. When I try
to do quick find in Firefox and I type a word that doesn't exist in
the document, it beeps. When I tab-autocomplete in a gnome-terminal,
it beeps if there are no completions. There are numerous other
software packages that behave similarly.
This is a problem for multiple reasons.
First of all, there are some cases where the beep is used
inappropriately -- I really *don't care* that my power cord is
unplugged - in fact I unplugged it! I appreciate the technology
advances that gnome-power-management has made in recent history, but I
feel like I just want it to `go away' most of the time - I don't care
about most of the things it informs me (besides low battery). Firefox
has color feedback in the "Find" bar, why do I need auditory feedback
Second of all, I can't control the volume of the beep, or disable it
in all cases. In the case of the gnome-terminal I can disable the
console "bell", but that only solves a single instance of the problem.
In most other cases, there is nothing I can do to prevent the beeps.
This can be very obtrusive in quite environments, and simply annoying
in other cases. On my laptop (recent Dell Latitude D620) the beep is
incredibly loud - it is very noticeable. It would be great to have a
toggle button in the system "sound" preferences, or better yet, a
volume slider for the system bell.
This is a large problem, affecting multiple packages and systems - I
don't know the best way to fix it, but I do know that it is definitely
an overall gnome UI issue. I've read that some programs literally
just have the ASCII "BEL" coded into the source, so in some cases the
problem may be unavoidable - I don't know enough of the technical
details to recognize an appropriate solution.
Any help dividing this into specific fixes for multiple projects or
identifying the best place for an overall fix would be appreciated.
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