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This article explains how to disable the system bell for the current user.


A loud noise is produced by your computer when doing certain things, such as holding Backspace for too long when you're clearing all text at a terminal prompt. Even if you mute all sounds, it is still played. The sound is not coming from the sound card, but from inside the PC.


You can only disable the system bell for a given user account. Open .inputrc in your home folder. Uncomment the following line:

 set bell-style none

Then add this to your desktop environment's autostart scripts:

 xset b off

If you'd like to see the system bell be disabled by default after a fresh openSUSE install, consider voting for this feature request in openFATE.