desktop notification positioning

Suvayu Ali fatkasuvayu+linux at
Mon Jun 7 06:23:53 UTC 2010

On Sunday 06 June 2010 01:00 AM, Christoph Wickert wrote:
> Am Samstag, den 05.06.2010, 20:03 -0700 schrieb Suvayu Ali:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I have been having trouble configuring the positioning of the desktop
>> (libnotify?) notifications. Neither can I configure the theme for the
>> notifications. Is this a know bug or am I doing something wrong?
> The problem is that you are configuring xfce4-notifyd, but your system
> is using GNOME's notification-daemon.
> notification-daemon has no graphical configuration but needs to be
> configured through GConf. The keys are living
> in /apps/notification-daemon/. You ether install gconf-editor or use the
> command line:
> $ gconftool-2 -s -t string /apps/notification-daemon/popup_location
> bottom_right
> Allowed values are "top_left","top_right","bottom_left" and
> "bottom_right".
> $ gconftool-2 -s -t string /apps/notification-daemon/theme Nodoka
> Themes are ether "slider" (the black one) or "Nodoka", we have no other
> notification-daemon-engine-* packages in Fedora.
> The big problem is that there currently is no way to set the preferred
> notification-daemon, see
> But there are a few hacks, choose your favorite:
>        * The system will use the daemon that was installed last, so you
>          can uninstall one and reinstall it. notification-deamon needs to
>          be uninstalled with rpm -e --nodeps, because of it's
>          dependencies.
>        * Edit  /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service (notification-deamon) or xfce-org.freedesktop.Notifications.service (xfce4-notifd) and change the line starting with Exec=...
>        * Remove the file you don't need from
>          the /usr/share/dbus-1/services/ directory

Thanks a lot Christoph for making the effort to respond in such great 
detail! :) Your response was very complete and helped a lot. I chose to 
use xfce4-notifyd, much more subtle and unobtrusive than 
notification-daemon. :)

> Hope this helps,
> Christoph


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