This is actually a followup to my previous question:
I have determined that somehow I managed to shut off system notifcations in KDE, both for root and my normal user. I can tell this because:
1) when I hit backspace multiple times on an emtpy command line I don't get a beep (yes, system notification is on in settings).
2) when I go to control center -> sound & multimedia -> system bell check the box and hit test I don't hear anything.
This happens only for the items described above. Otherwise, I have sound in various applications, I can play mp3s with mpg321, etc.
I have also determined it is a configuration setting because when I created a temp user and logged in to system notifications it worked fine. I have looked at all of the settings (I think) under the sounds and multimedia control section and tried to duplicate everything I had in the temp user's profile. I also tried setting everything back to default and that did not fix anything.
So, I am stumped. I hope someone has a good idea they would like to share.
I have detemined how I "broke" it. From a fresh kde config:
1) control center -> sound & multimedia -> system bell
check box and hit OK.
4) Follow above procedure (1) but this time uncheck box and hit OK
walla, no system notifications.
Or, for a faster "break":
Check box, uncheck box, hit Ok, logout, login
Would someone mind trying this on a test user on their system and telling me if this produced the results I am seeing.
Also, it would help if someone could tell me what configuration change is happening so I might be able to manually fix it.