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I wrote an application indicator that displays information about my monthly network consumption. I do not want it to have an icon next to the text I display. How do I write an application indicator without an icon?

The code I use to initialize my indicator is:

self.indicator ="VooMeter", "network", appindicator.IndicatorCategory.SYSTEM_SERVICES)

Reading the documentation I can not find the value to put instead of "network"

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

After some code tries, I couldn't find a way either and reading the docs, I don't think it's possible. Here's something interesting from the label property:

The label will not be shown unless there is an icon as well.

So, if there is a way to disable the icon, it won't even show the label.

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Your right, I wonder what library xfce4-netload-plugin use to show text in the panel without an icon – danjjl Dec 6 '12 at 9:22
Did you progress any further with this? – Utkarsh Sinha Jan 27 '13 at 9:19
Looking at a quick glance, xfce4-netload-plugin doesn't use the Unity appindicator framework. A little hack would be to create an empty or little transparent image and add that. – Timo Jan 27 '13 at 12:06

I had the same problem. As a workaround I have used one pixel wide transparent image as icon.

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