I would like to do something like this:

myCommand;  commandToMakeNoise

myCommand runs for variable amounts of time and I would like to go and work on something else until it is done, but I would like to be told (probably with sound but I am open to other ideas) when the command has finished.

I am using Solaris with gnome. So I am using different workspaces. (Why visual queues probably will not work. I also don't want to move that terminal from the workspace that it is currently in).

Also I don't want to use a terminal beep. That comes out of my tower, I would prefer something that comes out of my headphones so as not to annoy my co-workers.

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/usr/bin/audioplay /usr/demo/SOUND/sounds/bark.au


Solaris has an audioplay command.

  • Do you know where solaris keeps it sound files? Mar 2, 2010 at 15:51

Not sure if it's easy to compile on Solaris w/ Gnome, but I use NotifyOSD on Ubuntu and the "notify-send" command. Works well, unobtrusive and meshes with the environment.

  • +1: good suggestion, but does not ship with solaris. Mar 2, 2010 at 15:42

Simply throw random data to /dev/audio, something like:

myCommand ; dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/audio count=100000


This will beep the remote console on the server.

echo -ne '\007' > /dev/console

I use it too, often, since the server is in the other room, and I like to have audio feedback when some key tasks are completed without looking at a console.

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