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What causes apparently random “digital watch” beeping alarms on F32?

Unix & Linux Asked by ebosi on November 8, 2020

Context

I have recently updated from Fedora 31 to Fedora 32 (on a Thinkpad X1 Carbon — but I’m not sure it’s relevant).

Problem

Since the update, I’m experiencing beeping alarm sound at apparently random times; which is quite annoying.

What I’ve noticed so far:

  • The alarms sounds like “a digital watch alarm”, as described in this subreddit. However, unlike what the feedback comment says, it didn’t stopped after a dnf upgrade for me. Moreover, I’ve only used post-released Fedora 32, and not beta (as in the subreddit).
  • The alarm sound is different from the terminal bell / alert sound.
  • The alarm goes off about a couple times a day. It lasts around 10 seconds. Time seems consistent from day to day, and to occur at “round times”: e.g., 08:50, 12:15, etc.
  • Alarms do not seem to be related to any calendar event. As far as I remember, they were still here when I uninstalled GNOME-Calendar.

  • Alarms are not related to GNOME-Clocks alarms.

  • There are no cron jobs running (neither for my user, nor for root)

Questions

What causes these alarms? How to disable them?

One Answer

Uninstalling gnome-clocks solved the random alarm at 11:00 for me.

There is an issue at https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-clocks/-/issues/102 which got closed unfortunately.

Answered by jus on November 8, 2020

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