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        icesound - play audio files when interesting GUI events happen


       icesound [OPTIONS]


       The icewm(1) window manager can be configured to generate so-called GUI events in response
       to interesting actions, like opening or closing of application windows, switching of work
       space, etc.  GUI events are a property of the root window.  icewm(1) changes this property
       when a new GUI event occurs.  Interested applications can listen for changes to this
       property.  GUI events are an optional feature of icewm(1).  It must be explicitly enabled
       by giving the --enable-guievents option during configuration.  There are nearly twenty GUI
       events defined.  The --list-sounds option will show them.

       icesound is an application, which is one of the icewm(1) applications, which responds to
       these GUI events by playing audio files.  These sound files are .wav files located in a
       sounds sub-directory in one of the icewm(1) configuration directories.

       icesound supports several common audio interfaces.  These are: ALSA, ESounD, OSS and
       libAO.  These must be enabled during configuration.  ALSA, OSS and libAO all require
       support for libsndfile, which is a very common library to read audio files.

           ALSA is rather involved to program and it works, but this could use more testing.  It
           plays at most one sound at a time.

           The ESounD interface is much simpler to implement and this works very well, because
           the difficult details are handled by the ESounD Sound Daemon.  It supports mixing of
           sounds when multiple GUI events occur within a second.  This may be the best option
           currently.  It requires that esd(1) is running and that icesound can connect to it.

           LibAO is a cross-platform audio output library which is a convenient wrapper around a
           significant number of common audio interfaces.  It has a simple configuration file
           which is documented in the libao.conf(5) manual page.

       OSS The Open Sound System (OSS) is a cross-platform sound interface, which is fully
           supported by icesound.

       When multiple audio interfaces are available icesound will examine them all until it finds
       one which it can connect to and then use that one.  By default it prefers them in the
       order of: AO, ESD, ALSA, OSS.


       -d, --display=DISPLAY
           X11 display used by icewm(1) (default: $DISPLAY).

       -s, --sample-dir=DIRECTORY
           Specifies a directory with sound files.  The default is: $HOME/.config/icewm/sounds,
           $HOME/.icewm/sounds, CFGDIR/sounds and LIBDIR/sounds.  See the output of "icewm

       -i, --interface={AO|ESD|ALSA|OSS}[,{AO|ESD|ALSA|OSS}]*
           Specifies the audio output interfaces. One or more of: AO, ESD, ALSA, OSS separated by
           commas (",").

       -D, --device=DEVICE
           Backwards compatibility only: the default device.  Please prefer one of the -A, -O or
           -S options.

       -O, --oss=DEVICE
           Specifies the OSS device (default: "default").

       -A, --alsa=DEVICE
           Specifies the ALSA device (default: /dev/dsp).

       -S, --server=ADDR[:PORT]
           Specifies the ESD server address and port number.  For ESD the default is

       -z, --snooze=MILLISECONDS
           Specifies the snooze interval between sound events in milliseconds.  Default is 500

       -p, --play=SOUND
           Plays the given sound (name or number) and exits.

       -l, --list-files
           Lists the available sound file paths and exits.

           Lists the supported sound file names and exits.

           Lists the supported audio interfaces and exits.

       -v, --verbose
           Be verbose and print some information when sound events occur.

       -h, --help
           Print a brief usage statement to stdout and exit.

       -V, --version
           Print the program version to stdout and exit.

       -C, --copying
           Print copying permissions to stdout for the program and exit.


       0   Success.

       1   General error.

       2   Command line error.

       3   Subsystems error (i.e cannot connect to server).


       icewm(1), libao.conf(5), esd(1), padsp(1), aplay(1), alsamixer(1).


       icesound had no known bugs at the time of release.  Please report bugs for current
       versions to the source code repository at <>.


       Brian Bidulock <>.

       See --copying for full copyright notice and copying permissions.


       IceWM is licensed under the GNU Library General Public License.  See the COPYING file in
       the distribution or use the --copying flag to display copying permissions.