I recently installed Xubuntu/Xfce session using Ubuntu Software Center in order to test how Xfce would look like.

I didn't like it, so I removed those packages and got back to the default Unity shell. But now the notifications that appear in the upper right corner no longer look like they should. Instead of that default transparent black design now there is a grey window, like this:

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(This is an example from Pidgin, I don't know if it has some importance).

Everything looks ok but those notifications. What can I do to have back the original style?

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    Install libnotify-bin and run notify-send foo bar - does this result in a normal notification? Try purging the package xfce4-notifyd (sudo apt-get purge xfce4-notifyd). Does that make any difference (not sure if you need to log out or reboot, just do that to be sure).
    – htorque
    Sep 24, 2011 at 8:38
  • I removed xfce4-notifyd but now I don't get any notifications, even if I installed libnotify-bin (and running notify-send foo bar doesn't do anything) :-s
    – misterjinx
    Sep 24, 2011 at 8:57
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    Good, so you were missing Ubuntu's notification daemon. Install notify-osd and try again.
    – htorque
    Sep 24, 2011 at 9:32
  • that's exactly what i did just now and wanted to answer my question :)
    – misterjinx
    Sep 24, 2011 at 9:34

2 Answers 2


After I did a better search I found that I was missing the notify-osd package. After I installed it everything went back to normal :)


...So a full answer would be:

  • Purge (uninstall) xfce4-notifyd. Command: sudo apt-get purge xfce4-notifyd

  • Install notify-osd. Command: sudo apt-get install notify-osd

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