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Is it possible for notify-send to show notifications even if there is application opened in full screen (e.g. chromium, hit F11)? Currently, it does not appear.

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Urgency is your friend.

I tested with notify-send version 0.5.0 and gnome-terminal in full screen mode.

$notify-send -u critical foobar "foobar is a nice word."
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There have alt text been discussions on whether or not there should be an option to show notifications over full screen windows, but I don't think it is currently possible.

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ok... any alternatives? – Arnis L. Jan 30 '11 at 12:30

Full screen terminal notifications work a la:

notify-send  "fubar" "Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition, tarfu, snafu"
notify-send  "More fu" "Things Are Really ..., Situation Normal: All .."
lsb_release -a

in environment:

No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Release:    12.04
Codename:   precise

Show notifications with notify-send when application is full screen?

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