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How do you add Wanda (the fish) to the GNOME Shell panel, or to the launcher, and have it display fortune? I want my fish back.

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I already have fortune; I can just type into the terminal fortune and it works, but I want to add it to the left panel, using GNOME Shell.

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Are you by chance referring to the xfishtank package? – Nathan Osman Oct 15 '11 at 5:05
There is an indicator for that. I will try to find it for you. – RolandiXor Oct 16 '11 at 2:33
Roland: that's indicator-fish (, but Gnome Shell doesn't use Ubuntu's indicators so it won't work there. Currently, there is no way to do this. Someone might make an excension; it could be fun to do, since the extensions system is really neat! :) – Dylan McCall Oct 16 '11 at 2:46
@DylanMcCall: They do work in GNOME-Shell; as system tray icons. EDIT: Before you ask, I've tested. – RolandiXor Oct 16 '11 at 2:48


You can use indicator-fish. It is packaged for 11.04, so if you add the PPA, edit the source entry to point to "Natty". Or, you can build from source, or download the package from the PPA manually. It works in Unity and GNOME Shell.

An example of what it says:

You are confused; but this is your normal state.
(It really is isn't it?)

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lol is this omg. Thanks a lot, i will install it :) – Marcelo Kobs Oct 16 '11 at 3:28
Yay! I thought the systray fallback was broken for some reason. Nice to know it works. I just uploaded a new version for 11.10, so it should be published in an hour or so. Have fun :) – Dylan McCall Oct 16 '11 at 6:38
@DylanMcCall: I'll edit my answer soon to reflect the changes :) – RolandiXor Oct 16 '11 at 11:18
@DylanMcCall and Roland Taylor thanks a lot, now i will report a little error, if u type indicator-fish inside the terminal, that work but when close that terminal you kill wanda , but if you press ALT+F2 and write indicator-fish, work amazing. I will report few issues to indicator-fish launchpad site.Working from the ppa. – Marcelo Kobs Oct 16 '11 at 14:51
@MarceloKobs: that's not an issue. You have to run it as either nohup indicator-fish or indicator-fish & disown or install grun and run grun indicator-fish. Terminals are not supposed to detach from the application by default, so if you close it, you close the application. – RolandiXor Oct 16 '11 at 15:22

This will be supported officially in the next version of gnome (gnome 3.4):

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And here is a direct link to the actual commit which made this possible. – Christopher Kyle Horton Jan 11 '12 at 5:50

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