Ok so I think this is because I am missing a package. My unity notifications (ex. when unity tells me it is connected to a network) look ugly. They used to be translucent chameleon rectangles. Now they are white and totally different. See the picture below.

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  • Think back a bit and recollect if you've installed a new theme or accidentally deleted something you shouldn't have. Have you rebooted? If you do provide additional information, please do so by editing your question.
    – user25656
    Feb 5, 2013 at 1:02
  • That is what I have been trying to remember. Trouble is one of my friend got on my computer and screwed some stuff up. He uninstantiated system settings (gnome-control-center) which then caused me to lose indicator-power indicator-datetime gnome-control-center-signon and gnome-control-center-unity. I reinstalled them and every thing is back to normal but for this
    – chad
    Feb 5, 2013 at 1:08
  • Have you rebooted?
    – user25656
    Feb 5, 2013 at 1:25
  • yes I have rebooted
    – chad
    Feb 6, 2013 at 1:11

2 Answers 2


I figured it out. I had xfce4-notifyd installed so a quick sudo apt-get purge xfce4-notifyd solved the problem.

  • I had to logout and log back in for this to take effect.
    – jmiserez
    Sep 30, 2014 at 9:31

Define and add name extension suffix .disable to unwanted freedesktop daemons:

$ grep -r org.freedesktop.Notifications /usr/share/dbus-1/services/
sudo mv /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.xfce.xfce4-notifyd.Notifications.service /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.xfce.xfce4-notifyd.Notifications.service.disable
pkill xfce4-notifyd

Sequently restart all notification using software.

Works just fine with mate issues also:

Replace xfce line to mate:


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