I'm trying to suppress GtkDialog warnings in zenity and yad:

$ zenity --error --text hello
Gtk-Message: GtkDialog mapped without a transient parent. This is discouraged.

Error redirection and filtering works:

$ zenity --error --text hello 2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2)

YEAH... Annoying warning message disappears!!

This can be placed in ~/.bashrc for development work as answered here:

and here:

When creating a script for others to use though, you don't want the burden of them changing their ~/.bashrc.

I'm having trouble creating a typing shortcut for: 2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2) to be used inside script.

For many reasons variable assignment GTK_SPAM="2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2)" followed later by variable usage "$GTK_SPAM" doesn't work.

alias zenity="zenity 2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2)" before calling script works but, I can't use this within a script.

Using an array to hold the typing shortcut isn't working:

$ aGtkSpam=(2\> \>\(grep -v GtkDialog \>\&2\))

$ DumpArray "${aGtkSpam[@]}"
Array Elements:
0: 2>
1: >(grep
2: -v
3: GtkDialog
4: >&2)

$ zenity --error --text hello "${aGtkSpam[@]}"
This option is not available. Please see --help for all possible usages.

$ yad --text hello 2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2)

$ yad --text hello "${aGtkSpam[@]}"
Gtk-Message: GtkDialog mapped without a transient parent. This is discouraged.

I found many excellent generic answers on word-splitting and parameters which should solve my problem but a specific syntax eludes me.

Any clues?

  • 2
    Can't you just redirect stderr for the duration of the script using exec? Something like exec 2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2) – steeldriver May 17 at 17:16
  • @steeldriver you mean use that command on second line after the #!/bin/bash? – WinEunuuchs2Unix May 17 at 17:21
  • anywhere before where you want to start filtering the stream - doesn't have to be right after the shebang – steeldriver May 17 at 17:24
  • steeldriver's suggestion is good and works in interactive shells as well. @steeldriver I would recommend making an answer out of that. – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy May 17 at 17:32
  • Array may have to be unquoted for this to work – Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy May 17 at 17:33

I don't think syntax alone can help you here - because of the order in which the shell sets up redirections and expands variables. To give a very simple illustration:

$ arr=( ">" "/dev/null" )
$ set -x
$ echo foo "${arr[@]}"
+ echo foo '>' /dev/null
foo > /dev/null

i.e. everything has been expanded "correctly", but > /dev/null has simply become a list of string arguments passed to echo.

You could force evaluation using eval:

$ eval echo foo "${arr[@]}"
+ eval echo foo '>' /dev/null
++ echo foo

but really it would be better to redirect the stream for the duration of your script using exec:

exec 2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2)

or, if you want to be able to turn the filter off before the end of the script, then based on After using exec 1>file, how can I stop this redirection of the STDOUT to file and restore the normal operation of STDOUT? it should be possible to do

exec 3>&2 2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2)

and then later

exec 2>&3 3>&-

to recover the duplicated stream.

  • 1
    I haven't tested everything but exec 2> >(grep -v 'GtkDialog mapped without a transient parent' >&2) in script before using yad works fine as far as I can tell. – WinEunuuchs2Unix May 17 at 18:41

You can define and use aliases in your script if you set the expand_aliases shell option, e.g.:

shopt -s expand_aliases
alias zenity='zenity 2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2)'

Now every zenity line behaves as if 2> >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2) were added and you can disable this behaviour as usual by prepending a backslash or command:

\zenity        # and
command zenity

both ignore the alias.

Further reading

  • Although upvoting your answer I'm still using SteelDriver's answer for the time-being. Your answer did inspire me to use shopt -u expand_aliases so aliases cannot create unstable environment for my script. In other words, turn off all the user's aliases so the script doesn't behave erratically. – WinEunuuchs2Unix May 17 at 23:42
  • @WinEunuuchs2Unix That’s not necessary, as “Aliases are not expanded when the shell is not interactive” – if you didn’t set the option before in your script it’s no use. – dessert May 18 at 7:17

You can use function in the script. zenity and yad have useful info in stdout, so I suggest to redirect just stderr to /dev/null


zen_nospam() {
  zenity "$@" 2&>1 >(grep -v GtkDialog >&2)

zen_nospam --error --text hello

btw function can be defined in .bashrc if needed in command line, not script

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