Bug#814949: notification-daemon: /etc/xdg/autostart file only starts for "GNOME-Flashback"

Kevin J. McCarthy kevin at 8t8.us
Thu Feb 18 18:12:11 UTC 2016

On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 12:07:58PM +0200, Alberts Muktupāvels wrote:
> Openbox is window manager, why should it start something?

Openbox runs the XDG autostart programs because it is helpful.  This way
when I install, say, parcimonie or hplip-gui or notification-daemon, all
those packages need to do is create an /etc/xdg/autostart file, and they
are launched for my X session.

> On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 12:26 AM, Kevin McCarthy <kevin at 8t8.us> wrote:
> > It seems like the notifications would be useful for all desktop
> > environments.  Would it be unreasonable to remove the "OnlyShowIn"
> > line from the autostart file, or would this cause problems in some
> > desktops?
> GNOME does not use notification-daemon so starting it in all desktop
> environments is not solution. Also I plan to stop using notification-daemon
> for GNOME-Flashback, so autostart file will be removed.

I see.  I wasn't aware that notification-daemon was a Gnome project
package.  Perhaps it should have been named gnome-notification-daemon to
make this clearer?  Will the package be removed now that GNOME-Flashback
isn't using it either?

In any case, I will install another implementation, such as dunst.

Please feel free to close this bug out.

> If your desktop environment uses notification-daemon then it must install
> autostart file for it.

Just to correct this misunderstanding, my "desktop environment" isn't
using notification-daemon.  Debian packages that I have installed,
e.g. profanity, depend on libnotify4, which in turn recommends
notification-daemon.  However, I mistakenly installed the actual
"notification-daemon" package, thinking it was a generic solution.


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