While i'm connected to a server via ssh, i want to be alerted for some events. BUT not via email.

I would rather use beep for that alert.

However, if i put beep as a reaction, it will beep on server which of course i can't hear :D

Is there any way to get alert, simply, and not by using email or any other complex alerting system?


Create alias for beep to echo -en "\007" (beep (bell) character)

Normally beep is using your pc speaker, not terminal bell

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    I'm afraid you didn't understand what i need. I'm connected from my local PC to a server via ssh. The terminal is always open although i don't watch what is going on there. I want to be warned with beep when something happens there. However, if i run beep on remote server after some event that i catch, it will beep on server WHICH IS in another country :) – mariotanenbaum Apr 19 '13 at 7:29
  • Yes, I understand. Set bell in your terminal emulator (wich you use for ssh connection, and execute echo -en "\007"). You should hear bell. – Marek Wajdzik Apr 19 '13 at 7:41
  • Hm, it doesn't work. If i understood you correctly, i create alias alias beep='echo -en "\007"' locally, connect to a remote server, and whatever beep happens on remote server, i'll hear that on my local machine? – mariotanenbaum Apr 19 '13 at 7:47
  • Yes, If your terminal is configured correctly then it will play sound or flash screen – Marek Wajdzik Apr 19 '13 at 7:52
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    I don't use putty... – mariotanenbaum Apr 19 '13 at 8:00

This worked for me on both OSX and a remote unix server, beeping through the normal sound output: echo -e '\a'

beep(){ echo -e '\a';}
sleep 5 & beep # beeps now
sleep 5; beep # beep in 5s
# same thing using ruby -e 'sleep 5'

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