[Lazarus] How to produce a tone at Tone frequency for duration MSecs (milliseconds)

Sven Barth pascaldragon at googlemail.com
Sat Sep 4 13:39:04 CEST 2010

On 04.09.2010 08:13, waldo kitty wrote:
> On 9/3/2010 15:29, Sven Barth wrote:
>> On 03.09.2010 17:50, waldo kitty wrote:
>>> @PEW: how does your game install? does it have to install as root? if
>>> so, since it is root, why not set up a new group that has access to the
>>> /dev device for the speaker and add the user(s) to it? that way everyone
>>> can beep when needed...
>> I'd prefer a game NOT to fiddle around with security settings it
>> hasn't to care
>> about. And /dev/console is definitely part of this.
> while i agree... i'm also as old school as PEW and i don't agree to a
> point or several, actually... one of those being why is the beep action
> so looked down on in the *nix environment? games started off with only
> the MB speaker as the way of sounding actions and activities... so
> what's the bitch problem? is everyone these days so freakin' spoilt by
> traditional sound card stuff that they refuse to recognize traditional
> MB speaker sounds? i mean geez, does the standard (k)ubuntu solitaire
> really use the sound card when sounds are necessary? or the oriental
> tile games? or the many other single player local console games?
> so please tell me why today's folk are so jaundiced to the traditional
> methods of game writing... surely it isn't due to ignorance... maybe it
> is due to too much perceived character of their own person?? i dunno...
> but it is rather ugly, distant and hateful...

Don't get me wrong here. I've nothing against beeping applications. I'm 
using beep myself to signal when my headless computer has finished 
booting. And I love old DOS games that beep around as if there's no 
tomorrow :D

The problem is that the beep "control interface" on *nix platforms seems 
to be integrated into the terminal system. And I don't want any 
application to fiddle around with the settings of the devices that 
belong to that system (especially without my knowledge).
Better would be if there'd be a beep device (e.g. /dev/beep) which could 
be owned by a group "beep" or maybe the existing "audio" group and thus 
all would be happy...


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