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Customise system sounds in 2009.1 / Gnome?

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Silly question, but is it possible to customise system sounds in 2009.1 / Gnome any more?

 

According to Sound Preferences, I can choose a theme (well, Default or Ia Ora) and the alert sound (from a predefined list), but absolutely nothing else.

The new wav it uses for the startup (well, login) sound doesn't appear to reside in /usr/share/sounds with all the rest either (otherwise I would have experimented with a spot of renaming...)

 

I can understand a desire to hide this from novice users, but at least they could have coded in an "Advanced" button for those of us that want to customise and tweak...

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Maybe their logic is that Gnome/Canonical have picked the most sexy system sounds for ya, and they won't let you ruin their masterpiece with ugly noises? :D

Actually, the Gnome ***VISIBLE*** settings are lacking in so many ways, that this one has never bothered me that much...

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The Gnome system sounds are in the gnome-audio package. That package installs them to ‎/usr/share/sounds. I don't have Gnome installed to check this, but I think if you go to System > Preferences > Sound, and click on the 'Sounds' tab, you should be able to change these sounds with the gui.

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I have gnome-audio (the bulk of the files) and gnome-audio-extra (aka card_shuffle.wav and phone.wav - yes, an entire package for 2 wav files!) installed.

I have various sound themes stored in /usr/share/sounds, but none are picked up other than default (Freedesktop) and ia_ora (which just contains login, logout, dialog-warning and dialog-error - plus a whole bunch of 0 byte "disabled" files). It appears to be using the Freedesktop set, minus the logout/shutdown wav (it exists and works if I play it from Nautilus, but it doesn't appear to be attached to the logout/shutdown event)

 

A possible clue to adding extra themes is in /usr/share/doc/gnome-audio/README:

 

This module holds sound files for a default GNOME set. Stick them in the 'sounds' directory here, or a subdirectory thereof - the whole tree will be copied over into $(gnome_prefix)/share/sounds.

 

Please remember to add these sound files with the '-kb' option (to tell CVS to treat them as binary files rather than text files).

 

But the more I read that, the more mystified I become. The second sentence suggests I can create a "Sounds" folder in /usr/share/doc/gnome-audio/ then drag'n'drop files into that - then some automated process copies them over into /usr/share/sounds. OK, that sounds simple enough. But what about that mysterious third sentence?

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why don't you check this from AdamW blog...

 

he also helped me to increase the gnome volume just typing in the terminal

 

alsamixer -c0

 

thx to him I now have full sound XD :thumbs:

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