I remember this being an issue back in 17.10 but I can't seem to find the answer that worked that time.

Basically the indicator that showed the amount of messages on top of the dock icons in Unity is gone (hexchat, skype, etc), and while there's some solutions for Gnome like this Indicator icons do not appear after upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 or even this https://github.com/electron/electron/issues/9046 (using export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity in the respective .desktop files), those don't seem to work for Unity or aren't working for this latest version. So far it seems to be the only issue I've found during the transition from 17.10 to 18.04.

What should I try next?

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I suspect the fix is same as before however the xdg variable has changed to ubuntu:GNOME

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    Just so we're clear on what you are saying, do you mean changing export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity to export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=ubuntu.Gnome ? Please edit your post to include your recommendation. Thank you!
    – Elder Geek
    May 10, 2018 at 20:09
  • I tried this and it didn't work. Specifically, what I did was modify, for example, hexchat.desktop in ~/.local/share/applications/, and changed the previous Exec line from Exec=env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity hexchat %U to Exec=env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=ubuntu.Gnome hexchat %U. It still failed to show the message count in the top right of the icon (not the top bar, mind you-- maybe some are misunderstanding this). May 12, 2018 at 1:37

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