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I am trying to use notify-send, but it doesn't display.

I am reasonably sure I have the correct packages installed, but I am not expert in configuring the notification settings.

I know I have some sort of notification package working - I get notifications from Pidgin (sporadically).

What is the correct configuration for notify-send to operate correctly?

  • I have libnotify-bin installed

  • I have the notification-daemon installed

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There are no special configuration files as far as I know so I would try and reinstall the package

sudo apt-get --reinstall install libnotify-bin
sudo apt-get --reinstall install notify-osd
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You don't have to reinstall the two packages separately, but can do so with a single command: sudo apt-get --reinstall install libnotify-bin notify-osd – Eliah Kagan Jul 5 '12 at 12:39
Under Debian Wheezy I need also start notification daemon like /usr/lib/notify-osd/notify-osd – gavenkoa Aug 8 '12 at 19:45
I also discover notification-daemon under Debian which have nicer look. – gavenkoa Aug 8 '12 at 19:50

In my case, the notification was not displayed because I had netbeans in full screen mode in the background.

For some weird reason, the message was getting hidden.

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Strange. Had the same problem with a terminal running full screen trying this. Making it a window magically fixes it. – Jaxrtech Apr 10 '14 at 23:19

You need to install libnotify-bin to be able to use the "notify-send" command.

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It's been installed. – Paul Nathan Jul 13 '11 at 20:58
@Paul: then it should work... I am sure that's the required package to be able to use notify-send, unless something is wrong with libnotify on your system. – Alin Andrei Jul 14 '11 at 20:56

little hint:

From: []

As described in the update-notifier daemon is not run automatically on other desktops who support it, so I don't get automatic updates as specified in the configuration unless I manually run the update-manager (which works alright).



There is a line inside this file read like this:


This line should be changed to: NotShowIn=KDE; Or other unsupported desktops.

I'm using Xubuntu 8.10 and the LXDE desktop environment (that's how I found out)

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