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    Question Annoying chime -- from where?

    About once an hour my machine, running OpenSuSE 11.1, makes a chime sound. Since there are many programs installed by default, I have no idea where it's coming from. Is there any way to determine that and get rid of it?

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    Default Re: Annoying chime -- from where?

    > About once an hour my machine, running OpenSuSE 11.1, makes a chime
    > sound. Since there are many programs installed by default, I have no
    > idea where it's coming from. Is there any way to determine that and get
    > rid of it?


    Do you have polling set up in your email? Maybe it is checking and alerting
    you to the presence of new mail?


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    Default Not kmail, apparently

    I looked at my kmail notifications, and no sound is associated with receiving email. But as a second check I played the default sound for receiving email, and it is a different sound than the one I hear (which is a 4-note sequence).

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    Default Re: Annoying chime -- from where?

    My machine chimes when I am not there and the screen is blank. However, I have been close by and sometimes it is the updater and once it said the screen was locked, but it wasn't.

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    Default Re: Annoying chime -- from where?

    Out of curiosity what is the system updater check interval set to?
    I also get this chime from time to time and I haven't spent any time
    trying to track it down.



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    Default Re: Annoying chime -- from where?

    Since questions are never stupid:
    Are you using a screen saver ?
    If you're running KDE, what happens if you turn of all sounds?
    Are any of the configured sounds related to power management ?

    It looks like just some notification.
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    Default Probably not KDE

    I decided to go at this backwards and played every sound in /opt/kde3/share/sounds, hoping that if I spot the sound file I can search for the program that invokes it. The chime I hear is not any of them!

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    Default I think I found the sound.

    I believe that the chime I'm hearing comes from the file /usr/share/sounds/KDE-Sys-App-Negative. But what sort of program might be using that file?

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    Default Re: Annoying chime -- from where?

    pwabrahams wrote:
    > But what sort of program might be using that file?


    since no one else (that i've seen) has ever described an annoying,
    about once an hour chime:

    - a program *not* in the default install of openSUSE _if_ it default
    installs to chime

    - a program *not* often user installed _if_ it default installs to
    chime hourly

    - a program *not* often user adjusted from the default silent, to
    chime hourly

    now, if you were to open top in a virtual terminal, visible on the
    desktop and noticed what active when you heard the chime, then . . .

    and/or, if you installed atop, set it to take a snapshot every minute,
    note the system time the next chime you hear, search the atop file for
    the culprit becoming more active around the chime time, then . . .

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    Default knotify4 might be the villain

    Using top as you suggested, it appears that knotify4 is the likely villain. But what is knotify4? It doesn't seem to have a manpage, and Google doesn't return any obviously useful results for it. I certainly never invited it into the house. What would be the consequences of killing it?

    I did notice a number of reported bugs pertaining to knotify4.

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