The day before yesterday, after an update, Gwibber Notifications got screwed a bit (Once I log in, they appear in bulk, for 2 seconds only while before they used appear one by one and each notification lasted 5 seconds). Anyway, After the same update, Top Panel Notification dialogs changed their background color from Gray (Ambiance default color) to Whitey very light grey. I can't spot where in Compiz Settings I can tweak this. I only can set the transparency values for items like Nautilus, Dialogs, Menus.... But no background stuff.).

Someone has a clue ? How can I set the Top Panel notifiations background color back to Default? First I thought it was only Gwibber, but it applies to any app (Firefox, Banshee....Etc).

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  • I bet you've got an upgraded OS. Because for me it seems like older versions of Gnome packages are still intercepting your ongoing system on Unity.
    – user46955
    Feb 18 '12 at 17:38
  • Absolutely no. I installed 11.10 as a fresh install. No dist upgrade done! But I guess, it might be causeed by the multiple desktop managers I have installed. I have Gnome-Shell, Lubuntu Desktop, KDE, XFCE and Openbox. Yet, the problem happened just three days ago when I applied some ordinary updates like Apache, Firefox, some python libs.... And there is no conflict at all anywhere. The one change I noticed is the Gwibber thing and the notifications whose background changed from Transparent Gray to Transparent white.
    – Hanynowsky
    Feb 18 '12 at 23:56

I have recently fall into this problem. The other answer didn't help me much. But thanks to the answerer above, I found the package name for that quickly.

I did this to solve my problem:

  1. Opening a terminal and executing this command:

    gksu gedit /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.xfce.xfce4-notifyd.Notifications.service
  2. Then replace the line:


    with this one:


    Or, if on Ubuntu 16.04:

  3. Save and exit.

Problem solved.

As an extra benefit, I get the nice notify-osd in XFCE too.


Ok Found the problem and fixed it.

After installing Xubuntu-desktop along for some testing I did, xfce-notifyd (Xfce notification daemon) replaced notify-osd (Gnome Notify Daemon) and probably removed the ubuntu-desktop metapackage too.

Uninstalling the package xfce-notifyd , resolved the issue. Now notifications are back to normal.

Thanks for your interest.

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    No, This solution did not help me. I have ubuntu-desktop but there is still that notification
    – Anwar
    Jul 29 '12 at 13:50
  • This works in Ubuntu 13.10! Thanks. The previous solution with editing the file did not work for me.
    – NahsiN
    Mar 7 '14 at 3:59

I've found a solution to this that doesn't involve editing any files and won't be overwritten by a package upgrade. Just use the following two commands in a shell:

sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/share/dbus-1/services
sudo cp /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service /usr/local/share/dbus-1/services

This happened to me as well after installing XFCE. It's an old question, but accepted answer did not work for me on Ubuntu 16.04. To solve it, I just needed to remove the package xfce4-notifyd.

sudo apt-get remove xfce4-notifyd

Please note this will force XFCE environment to use Ubuntu's notify-osd library.

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