When I try to reconnect my Bluetooth mouse in Xubuntu 12.04, I realized that all the notification windows do not allow me to press any buttons. I can click the buttons but nothing happens. I can close the notification with the "X" but clicking options like Allow or Deny does nothing.

After some googling I found that I'm not the only one with this problem but I can't find any fix.


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It's a bug in the XFCE4 notification daemon

  • This is the kind of problem we're talking about -- clicking on the buttons will perform the appropriate action, but will not dismiss the notification. You must "X" it out or click anywhere in the body to make it go away:

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  • This has been a known bug in the XFCE4 notification daemon xfce4-notifyd

  • It was fixed late last year with the following note:

    emit closed signal on correct object:
    'widget' is actually the GtkButton when an action is clicked.
    this is why notifications were never dismissed when an action got clicked.
    long-standing bug finally fixed! 
  • And was backported into the xfce4-notifyd 0.2.2-2 package in Debian; Ubuntu Precise still uses the buggy 0.2.2-1 package, and who knows if the fix will be backported to it.

    - 01_fix-dismiss-notifications added, backported from upstream. Correctly
      dismiss notifications when clicked.                       closes: #672646

Solution: install the fixed Debian version of xfce4-notifyd

  • The fix has also trickled down into xfce4-notifyd for Quantal (the next Ubuntu release), but trying to install that will require upgrading your entire XFCE. If you feel like doing that, just upgrade to the latest XFCE from the Xubuntu Developers' PPA

  • Otherwise, just get the Debian package which has the same dependencies as the existing xfce4-notifyd and solve the problem! That worked perfectly for me.

  • Download xfce4-notifyd 0.2.2-2: 32-bit mirrors or 64-bit mirrors

  • Install with sudo dpkg -i or Software Center. Logout, and while not required, reboot for good measure!

  • it works, tnx :)
    – Praweł
    Jun 10, 2012 at 11:28

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