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Hi folks, I'm scheduling Fetchmail in my cron to run every 5 minutes, and with 'fetchmail -s' running as my user, it works great. Problem though... each time it runs, it checks 6 POP3 accounts and it beeps 6 times, or more as messages comes in, on the system speaker. How can I disable this? I want this process to be totally silent with no output. Another option is if anyone knows now to disable the system speaker in Linux. I never use it, so this wouldn't hurt anything... Thanks for any advice or suggestions, Alex....

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    Hi folks,

    I'm scheduling Fetchmail in my cron to run every 5 minutes, and with
    'fetchmail -s' running as my user, it works great. Problem though...
    each time it runs, it checks 6 POP3 accounts and it beeps 6 times, or
    more as messages comes in, on the system speaker. How can I disable
    this? I want this process to be totally silent with no output.

    Another option is if anyone knows now to disable the system speaker in
    Linux. I never use it, so this wouldn't hurt anything...

    Thanks for any advice or suggestions,

    Alex.
    Alex Guest

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    In comp.os.linux.setup Alex <com> wrote: 

    Open your machine and disconnect the speaker cable. Is the fastest and
    easyest way.

    Davide
    Davide Guest

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    On 2003-11-27, Alex <com> wrote: 

    You may want to just run fetchmail in daemon mode, with it set to check
    every 5 minutes. I'm not positive that it doesn't beep, but i've never
    had it do so that I can remember.
     

    This I don't know, but what I do know and love, is that on startup, you
    can put xset -b (if you're using xwindows) in some startup file (so that
    it exectues, i just use .xsession) and that will disable beeps.


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    Hi,

    Quoting Alex (Nov 27, 2003 07:33 -0800), 

    I don't know how to tweek fethcmail, but "getmail" is just alright here, using
    postmaster = "| procmail <options> "/path/to/eventual_alternate_procmailrc"

    No bip bip...

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    Alex wrote: 
    ....

    Strange, i use fetchmail 5.6.0 and it does not beep...

    Regards,RRB sohe

    RRB Guest

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    On Fri, 28 Nov 2003 11:27:31 +0100, RRB <gmx.at> wrote: 
    > ...
    >
    > Strange, i use fetchmail 5.6.0 and it does not beep...
    >
    > Regards,RRB sohe
    >[/ref]

    I'm using fetchmail 5.9.11 in cronjob with the -s switch and it doesn't
    beep.

    I'd look to your MTA.

    As for disabling the system bell, I wouldn't do that. It tells you when
    you have made an incorrect keystroke...

    AC

    Alan Guest

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    ["Followup-To:" header set to comp.mail.pine.]
    On 2003-11-27, Alex <com> wrote:
     

    Are you running X? xset b off in your .xinitrc might work.

    You might also want to have a look at:
    https://listman.redhat.com/archives/blinux-list/2000-January/msg00021.html
    (first hit on "fetchmail, beep" on google; basically it sounds like this
    is quite possibly due to your shell's MAILCHECK feature and / or to some
    sort of biff program).
     

    Well again,
    xset b off

    Works For Me(TM).

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