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Bug 466279 - libcanberra makes noise when it isn't configured and can't be unconfigured
Summary: libcanberra makes noise when it isn't configured and can't be unconfigured
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: libcanberra
Version: rawhide
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Lennart Poettering
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
Blocks: F10DesktopTarget
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-10-09 15:10 UTC by Matthew Miller
Modified: 2009-09-14 17:47 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-10-10 15:43:50 UTC

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Description Matthew Miller 2008-10-09 15:10:03 UTC
Description of problem:

Suddenly, my XFCE desktop started making what I find to be obtrusive sounds whenever I do anything (like have a popup window).

It appears that libcanberra is what's doing it. Unfortunately, XFCE doesn't know about this and its settings manager is missing the appropriate control settings.

Removing libcanberra is impossible since it is a dependency of many vital programs.

A temporary workaround is to edit or remove /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/, but since that isn't meant to be a config file it's overwritten on upgrade. Plus, that's a big, system-wide hammer — maybe someone else *does* want the sounds.

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How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install XFCE and libcanberra.
2. Do something.
3. Listen.
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Additional info:

It's reasonable that future XFCE should support the sound scheme spec. However, in absence of configuration, the default should be off, not on.

I've filed an upstream bug at, but that only addresses the future, not the present.

Comment 1 John Poelstra 2008-10-09 22:16:37 UTC
adding desktop tracker... not sure if they track XFCE

This bug has been triaged

Comment 2 Matthias Clasen 2008-10-10 04:10:31 UTC
/etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/ will be gone in F10 final.
Instead we are going to use the gtk-modules xsetting.

Comment 3 Matthew Miller 2008-10-10 11:17:12 UTC
So does that mean the workaround won't work, or is there a new one? Or does it mean that there's a way to configure that in XFCE? (I've never seen one, but I'm sure I haven't seen everything.)

Comment 4 Matthias Clasen 2008-10-10 14:29:45 UTC
It means that the workaround won't be necessary anymore, since xcfe will not have a gtk-modules xsetting including the libcanberra-gtk module, so it won't be loaded, so it can't make noise.

Comment 5 Matthew Miller 2008-10-10 14:35:10 UTC
That sounds (um, no pun intended) good. Thanks. Should that hit rawhide sometime soon?

Comment 6 Lennart Poettering 2008-10-10 15:43:50 UTC
Fixed in 0.10-2.

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