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

Alberts Muktupāvels alberts.muktupavels at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 18:24:23 UTC 2016

On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 8:12 PM, Kevin J. McCarthy <kevin at 8t8.us> wrote:

> 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.

Don't know anything about openbox, but in GNOME applications are not
started by window managers but by gnome-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?

It was used by GNOME, now it is used by GNOME Flashback. In 3.20 it will
not be used by GNOME-Flashback too, I have already pushed needed changes to
notification-daemon and gnome-flashback master branches.

It is up to debian packagers/maintainers if it will be removed. I was
responding only as current upstream maintainer.

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

If you want you can add autostart file for notification-daemon in your home

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.

There is nothing specific to GNOME in notification-daemon so you can use it
generic solution if you want.

Alberts Muktupāvels
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