I am experimenting with bells in my wm. for this i am using the command sleep 3; echo -e "\a"

Here are some different scenarios:

  • running it in a terminal and changing workspace will give me an urgent alert.
  • running it on another server using ssh will give me an urgent alert.


  • running it on another server that has byobu running does NOT give me an urgent alert.

I have googled and looked but could not find any settings in byobu on how to handle bells. Any ideas where to start to get it working even from a byobu session?

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Try typing Ctrl + A, Ctrl + G


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    Nothing happens
    – larsemil
    Sep 25, 2017 at 10:05
  • Hmm, this is supposed to toggle between "visual bell" and "audible bell". You have tried triggering a bell once "audible bell" is active?
    – dwurf
    Sep 25, 2017 at 23:28
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    Yes. I use tmux as a backend, could that have anything to do with this?
    – larsemil
    Sep 26, 2017 at 7:01
  • yes! tmux and byobu essentially do the same thing, I would try using only one or the other.
    – dwurf
    Sep 27, 2017 at 23:54
  • @dwurf this is not entirely true: Byobu is a wrapper for tmux OR screen, this can be chosen within byobu. When installed correctly byobu starts and handles all when you manually start screen / tmux. Make sure you do not use tmux and screen simultaneously, as that would give complications.
    – ExploWare
    Nov 18, 2017 at 20:58

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