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A silly but plausible *NIX/Linux command-line utility, written by Micah Cowan and distributed under GPL.

Ditty's purpose is simple: It takes notes as argument, and plays them either from PC speaker or /dev/dsp (though the DSP output is fairly horrible).

As the author puts it, here are some suggestions for its use (from README):

Some things that may make ditty fun to use are:

  • as sound-effects in a shell-script,
  • to make a wierd videogame-like noise-thingy whenever you log in (via .bash_login), or logout (via .bash_logout).

Ditty is available as Debian package. No distribution should be without.

Dit"ty (?), n.; pl. Ditties (#). [OE. dite, OF. diti'e, fr. L. dictatum, p. p. neut. of dictare to say often, dictate, compose. See Dictate, v. t.]


A saying or utterance; especially, one that is short and frequently repeated; a theme.

O, too high ditty for my simple rhyme. Spenser.


A song; a lay; a little poem intended to be sung.

"Religious, martial, or civil ditties."

Milton.< And to the warbling lute soft ditties sing. Sandys.


© Webster 1913.

Dit"ty, v. i.

To sing; to warble a little tune.

Beasts fain would sing; birds ditty to their notes. Herbert.


© Webster 1913.

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