Notification System

Christian Hammond chipx86 at
Tue Dec 1 14:30:06 PST 2009

I wouldn't say I'm MIA. You only e-mailed me an hour ago :)

notification-daemon doesn't display notifications over fullscreen apps on
purpose. Originally it did and an overwhelming number of bug reports caused
us to change that behavior.

If you want to continue using notification-daemon, it shouldn't be too
difficult to change the logic to display over fullscreen apps. If you look
in notification-daemon/src/daemon/daemon.c, you'll find a function called
fullscreen_window_exists. You can just hard-code this to return FALSE and
you'll be set.


Christian Hammond - chipx86 at
Review Board -
VMware, Inc. -

On Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM, Esben Stien <b0ef at> wrote:

> I'm actually stumped about where to write about this issue. Please point
> my in any direction.
> I'm unable to find any notification system that actually notifies me.
> Playing with notification-daemon/galago proves unfruitful. The project
> seems abandoned and the maintainer is MIA. It doesn't provide the
> capability to display notifications when I have a fullscreen app
> running, like mplayer.
> Zenity also have no way to do this.
> I've also installed notify-osd, which actually manages to display a
> notification over my running mplayer, but it disappears again. It
> doesn't have any way to remain in place; probably because it doesn't
> have any way to close it, since it doesn't support actions.
> Running it with a timeout of 0 displays a dialog box, which also does
> not appear on top of my fullscreen mplayer.
> So, any pointers what I can do to actually get notified?.
> ..short of developing my own dbus listener daemon and firing up
> something that is always on top..!
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