Getting sound to work in Pidgin 2.0.0 on Ubuntu Linux (custom install)

Pidgin is the new name for Gaim, and the new 2.0.0 version was just released this month. I downloaded the source code and built the binaries by following the readme file. Everything was working fine, but a slight adjustment was required to get the sound to work.

For some unknown reason, config for sound playback (for the "be-ding" when receiving a message) was not set to work "out of the box". You need to go to Preferences under the Tools menu, and select the Sound tab, and add aplay %s to the sound method. "aplay" is part of the Debian/Ubuntu package "alsa-utils", and plays sound files on the command-line. It is installed by default on a desktop install of Ubuntu since at least Feisty (7.04).

Edit: nevermind, 2.0.1 gives you the option to choose a sound method between ALSA, ESD and others...


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