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canberra-gtk-play(1) General Commands Manual canberra-gtk-play(1)


canberra-gtk-play - play a sound event


canberra-gtk-play [ OPTIONS... ]


This manual page documents briefly the canberra-gtk-play command.

canberra-gtk-play plays sound events that are specified by the XDG Sound Theme and Name Specification.


Application Options

Display version number and quit
Event sound identifier
Play file
Event sound description
Specify how canberra-gtk-play manages its cache. permanent will cause the sample to be cached permanently, volatile to be cached until the cache needs to be freed.
Loop how many times (default: 1)
A floating point dB value for the sample volume (ex: 0.0)
An arbitrary property
X display to use

Help Options

Show help options
Show all help options
Show GTK+ Options

GTK+ Options

Program class as used by the window manager
Program name as used by the window manager
X screen to use
Make X calls synchronous
Load additional GTK+ modules
Make all warnings fatal


canberra-gtk-play is Copyright 2008 Lennart Poettering.

This manual page was written by Francois Wendling <> for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).