when I closed the empathy messenger client, a little icon used to show up as a notification. When I got incoming chats, the icon used to start flashing. I reorganized content on my panel and now that functionality is gone! I tried adding "Indicator-Applet" to the panel but all this does is show up an envelope which lights up when there is some activity on empathy. I want to use the Empathy voice bubble icon instead. Any tips appreciated.

I am using Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.0.4.

  • remove that envelope if you want with sudo apt-get remove indicator-messages... Sep 20, 2010 at 11:59
  • indicator-messages package doesnot remove the applet as a whole but just the envelope icon. The bubble icon of empathy would appear as default icon if you remove it. I didnot mean to remove indicator-applet but just messages so that the envelope would not appear Sep 23, 2010 at 11:31

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Solved. These are the steps I followed:

  1. Quit Empathy if it is running.
  2. Launch Empathy. Then, Edit -> Preferences -> Notifications. Uncheck the "Show incoming messages in the messaging menu" box. This will put up the Empathy bubble notification icon in the panel.

The process will work irrespective of whether you have the Indicator-Applet added to your panel or not.


I wouldn't remove the indicator-applet, as it also is your sound menu and power indicator.

Check this bug out on Launchpad. Is it the same as you're reporting? If it is, please sign in and click the link where it says "This bug affects X people. Does it affect you?". There are also some things to fix this issue in the bug thread.

I haven't found a plugin for empathy to add the tray icon back.

  • No, it isnt the same problem. However, I could find a solution to my problem by looking at the comments in the bug thread, so thanks! I have added the solution as a separate answer.
    – suhridk
    Sep 23, 2010 at 10:50
  • Glad you found what you needed. Sep 23, 2010 at 14:20

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