Produce beeps using soundcard

Max Bowsher
Thu Feb 13 22:32:00 GMT 2003

Christopher Faylor wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 13, 2003 at 08:39:21PM -0000, Max Bowsher wrote:
>> Christopher Faylor wrote:
>>> On Thu, Feb 13, 2003 at 01:34:28AM +0100, Vaclav Haisman wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> this small patch adds an ability to produce beeps (\a) using
>>>> soundcard by MessageBeep() call. It can be enabled by new CYGWIN
>>>> option winbeep.
>>> I'm sorry but I really don't want to add too many options to the
>>> CYGWIN environment variable.  I don't think this really justifies an
>>> option.
>> Does that mean it will replace the current beep, or is it a
>> rejection of the patch? I would really like this - Beep() can be
>> quite painful if you're wearing headphones!. MessageBeep would be
>> controllable via the volume settings, but Beep is just a maximum
>> volume blast!
>> Does it really *matter* for there to be lots of options in CYGWIN? I
>> can't see any disadvantage at all.
> I don't like to introduce lots of unnecessary decision points into a
> product.  It increases support and it increases code complexity.

Complexity? Slightly, but only at CYGWIN-parsing time, and Beeping time.
That's not that much, surely?

> Once again, how does linux handle this scenario?  You don't do a
> "export LINUX=linbeep" to get linux to use the soundcard.

If Vaclav is correct - that it required a kernel module - I think this
question is answered.


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