[Pkg-ayatana-devel] How to enable notify-osd?

Andrew Starr-Bochicchio a.starr.b at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 21:30:09 UTC 2013

On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 3:58 AM, Gerfried Fuchs <rhonda at deb.at> wrote:
>  Thanks for taking care of packaging notify-osd.  I just wonder: how do
> I enable it?  I find no documentation that point me that direction,
> installing the package doesn't change anything, especially not even
> after a restart of the graphical environment ...
>  Some hints in either the package description or the doc directory
> pointing on how to get notify-osd being the notification daemon of
> choice would be greatly appreciated.  Starting
> /usr/lib/notify-osd/notify-osd gave me a warning that another instance
> has already registered org.freedesktop.Notifications.  If I go into
> dconf-editor I don't find that tree/setting though.

Hi  Rhonda,

Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. Life has gotten very busy recently.

How you enable notify-osd really depends on what desktop environment
you are using. With GNOME, XFCE, and KDE the desktop environment is
already auto-starting its own notification daemon, so it must be
disabled or killed first.

notify-osd provides a desktop file in /etc/xdg/autostart This allows
you to enable or disable it with tools like gnome-session-properties.
In something like LXDE you can copy the desktop file to

notify-osd also provides the notification-daemon virtual package, so
you can uninstall the GNOME version completely if desired.

Honestly, I haven't used notify-osd except for testing purposes on
Debian since GNOME 3 was uploaded, as my main desire for using it on
Debian was to replace the old GNOME 2 notifications. Though I know of
LXDE users, I'm not really sure if it is a good fit as a drop in
replacement for end users right now as most desktop environments have
well integrated notifications now. I imagine the main use case being
for advanced users or derivatives who create their own custom

Hope that helps,

-- Andrew Starr-Bochicchio

   Ubuntu Developer <https://launchpad.net/~andrewsomething>
   Debian Developer <http://qa.debian.org/developer.php?login=asb>

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