Boot manager beep (revisited)

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Mon May 1 10:15:58 UTC 2006

On 2006-05-01 10:31, Alex Zbyslaw <xfb52 at> wrote:
>Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>>On 2006-04-30 22:34, Eric Anderson <anderson at> wrote:
>>> This thread:
>>> mentions a patch to disable the boot manager beep, and also
>>> discusses having it optional.
>> Does something like the following sound reasonable (I haven't
>> had a chance to run this through a build-test, so use with
>> care).  The default behavior should be to *include* a beep,
>> but it can be turned off by setting WITHOUT_BOOTEASY_BEEP in
>> `/etc/src.conf'.
> I have a very similar patch which I pulled from somewhere not
> long after switching to 5.4.  That wrapped the beep inside
> #ifdef SIO (which I assumed was something standard, but don't
> know) so that you got a beep with a serial console and not
> without.
> I can see the advantage of the beep when running headless, but
> for anything with a console the beep just seems like something
> out of the 1970s.  My vote (fwiw) would be to reverse the logic
> and have WITH_BOOTEASY_BEEP so that it's off by default unless
> you turn it on with the option *or* if you have a serial
> console (assuming that SIO is something standard).

I'd certainly prefer it if the beep was turned *off* by default,
but I'm not sure if that's what everyone prefers.  This is why I
opted for keeping the current behavior and making my personal
preference an option :)

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