Command-Line – How to Disable Alert Volume from Command Line

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There is an option in the Sound Preferences dialog, Sound Effects tab, to toggle Alert volume 'mute'. It works and suffices for my needs to disable the irritating system beep/bell.

However, I reinstall systems a LOT for testing purposes and would like to set this setting in a shell script so it's off without having to fiddle with a GUI. But for the life of me I can't seem to find where this can be toggled via a command line tool.

I've scanned through gconf-editor, pulseaudio's pacmd, grepped through /etc, even dug through the gnome-volume-control source code, but I am not seeing how this can be set.

I gather that gnome-volume-control has changed since a few releases ago.


Best Answer

  • Option 0: (this might be what you were looking for)

    sudo su gdm -c "gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/sound/event_sounds --type bool false"
  • Option 1:


    sudo modprobe -r pcspkr  


    echo “blacklist pcspkr” >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
  • Option 2:

    Search for "set bell-style" in /etc/inputrc (options are none or visible)

  • Option 3:

    sudo mv -v /usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/*.ogg {*.disabled}
  • Option 4:

    man xset