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How to use fedora notification system on xfce ?

asked 2013-04-08 11:55:12 -0500

iggy gravatar image

updated 2013-04-09 22:51:57 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image


I'm using i3 windows manager on Fedora 18. I've installed the Fedora 18 xfce version (so I have no gnome installed)

The problem I have is each time an application try to send me a notification (Transmission for example), or I make a notify-send "Hello World" it use the xfce4-notifyd, the result is i3 cut my screen in half and open a window for this notification, that's really annoying.

I've search replacement for the xfce4-notifyd but no way to find dunst, twmn, or the ubuntu notify-osd in the official fedora repo. As my computer is used for professional reason I prefer not to compile the software by myself or add some exotic repo

What discreet notification daemon is available in fedora ?

Thanking you in advance,

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answered 2013-04-10 02:07:41 -0500

You may try using a file reading script in conky and send all your messages to that file. This will not help with all the notifications, but at least your own will work.

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answered 2013-04-09 22:59:09 -0500

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I'm not sure. I found this in the repos. Give it a try?

[ankur@localhost  ~]$ sudo yum -C info notification-daemon
Loaded plugins: changelog, langpacks, merge-conf, presto, refresh-packagekit
Installed Packages
Name        : notification-daemon
Arch        : x86_64
Version     : 0.7.6
Release     : 1.fc18
Size        : 173 k
Repo        : installed
From repo   : fedora
Summary     : Desktop Notification Daemon
URL         :
Licence     : GPLv2+
Description : notification-daemon is the server implementation of the
            : desktop notification specification. Notifications can be used to inform
            : the user about an event or display some form of information without getting
            : in the user's way.

[ankur@localhost  ~]$

The notification daemons for various desktop environments will probably be modified to suit the desktop's needs. I'm hoping this one is a generic notification daemon that will work for you.

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FYI, you don't need to use sudo (or su) for yum if all you're using it for is information. That is, info, list provides, history (and maybe others) can be run by a normal user, without extra privileges.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2013-04-10 14:16:21 -0500 )edit

Yes. However, that causes yum to re-download metadata for the user yum is run as. I prefer using sudo and using the existing cache for root user.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-04-10 18:30:38 -0500 )edit

Thank for your help. I installed notification-daemon, but "notify-send" still use xfce4-notifyd, and the help of notify-send don't tell anything about how to change the daemon used

iggy gravatar imageiggy ( 2013-04-11 12:48:24 -0500 )edit

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