I'm testing out Xubuntu in VMware before I commit to it, and I noticed the notifications menu is always sometimes empty. I run a test, e.g. notify-send Title 'This is a message.', and I can see the notification pop up. I ignore it, waiting for it to disappear, and then when I check the menu, it's sometimes empty:

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How do I get this working as expected?


OS: Xubuntu 18.04

  • Click on the notification bell icon

  • Turn off "Do not disturb"

  • Then, in Notification settings …, open the Log tab, and set Log notifications to always and Log applications to all.

General Tab


Applications Tab


Log Tab


Notifcation bell icon dropdown

Bell icon

  • Strange, it didn't work for a moment. But now, randomly, it does. imgur.com/q2x7iaS (this is from when it wasn't working) – ffxsam Dec 18 '18 at 16:40
  • Actually, it works sporadically, and I'm not sure why. – ffxsam Dec 18 '18 at 16:41
  • If you had mentioned the random nature of the issue, I wouldn't have posted an answer. I answered because there was no indication of the issue being sporadic. – DK Bose Dec 18 '18 at 17:37
  • I didn't realize it was sporadic until going through these steps. – ffxsam Dec 18 '18 at 18:50

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