no sound notification in IRC chat rooms

Richard Cowan rmc001 at
Fri Feb 26 15:05:23 EST 2010

Hi folks:

I am using build 2.6.5, trying to fix my problem with no sound 
notifications when in a Chat room. Sound works for IM's. I really need 
this because I have many windows open on my workstation, and multiple 
workspaces, so when people participate in a chat I need to be able to 
respond while multi-tasking, without the annotance of needing to check 
every five minutes in the chatroom.

Can anybody suggest a way to troubleshoot this? Both ALSA and PulseAudio 
appear to be working properly with other apps.

Here is my install info, on ubuntu 9.04 64-bit:

Debugging Information
*Arguments to /./configure/:* '--build=x86_64-linux-gnu' '--prefix=/usr' 
'--includedir=${prefix}/include' '--mandir=${prefix}/share/man' 
'--infodir=${prefix}/share/info' '--sysconfdir=/etc' 
'--localstatedir=/var' '--libexecdir=${prefix}/lib/pidgin' 
'--disable-maintainer-mode' '--disable-dependency-tracking' 
'--enable-gevolution' '--enable-cap' 
'--with-system-ssl-certs=/etc/ssl/certs' '--enable-perl' 
'--with-zephyr=/usr' '--enable-dbus' '--enable-gnutls=no' 
'--enable-nss=yes' '--enable-cyrus-sasl' '--enable-vv' 
'--enable-farsight' '--enable-tcl' '--enable-tk' '--enable-nm' 
'build_alias=x86_64-linux-gnu' 'CC=cc' 'CFLAGS=-g -O2 -g -Wall -O2' 
'LDFLAGS=-Wl,--as-needed' 'CPPFLAGS=' 'CXX=g++' 'CXXFLAGS=-g -O2 -g 
-Wall -O2' 'FFLAGS=-g -O2'
*Print debugging messages:* No
*Plugins:* Enabled
*SSL:* SSL support is present.

*Library Support*
*Cyrus SASL:* Enabled
*D-Bus:* Enabled
*Evolution Addressbook:* Enabled
*Gadu-Gadu library (libgadu):* Enabled
*GtkSpell:* Enabled
*GnuTLS:* Disabled
*GStreamer:* Enabled
*Mono:* Disabled
*NetworkManager:* Enabled
*Network Security Services (NSS):* Enabled
*Perl:* Enabled
*Startup Notification:* Enabled
*Tcl:* Enabled
*Tk:* Enabled
*UTF-8 DNS (IDN):* Enabled
*Voice and Video:* Enabled
*X Session Management:* Enabled
*XScreenSaver:* Enabled
*Zephyr library (libzephyr):* External
*Zephyr uses Kerberos:* No

Richard Cowan
Associate Director, Infrastructure Services
Jefferson Information Technologies (Jeff-IT)
Thomas Jefferson University
130 S. 9th Street, Suite 2206
Philadelphia, PA 19107
phone: 215.503.8735
fax: 215.923.5294
e-mail: richard.cowan at

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