X11 server started beeping (as in Unix bell) after libs update

Martin Cracauer cracauer at cons.org
Mon Jan 23 12:30:33 PST 2012

I'm a little puzzled by this.

I have two hosts where `xbiff -volume 0` stopped working, it beeps.
In both cases after updating Debian.  Google Chrome also started
beeping when e.g. hitting backspace to often, so something about the
server side environment changed.

However, the puzzling part is this:
- the xbiff is remote (ssh login and X11 passthrough) and didn't change
- it is not the update to the X11 server that changed behavior

One of these machines doesn't use the X11 server from the update, I
use a static version (7.1.1).  The other host uses the
Debian-installed version X.Org X Server 1.7.7.  Yet both of these
started having a remote `xbiff -volume 0` start beeping.  I think it
must be somewhere in the X11 libs.

Before I go on a crusade to unpuzzle, does this sound familiar to

Martin Cracauer <cracauer at cons.org>   http://www.cons.org/cracauer/

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