I installed i3 alongside unity but now I see the i3 notification box while on unity.

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How can I change this back to the unity one without removing i3? The other solutions to this problem seem to be removing the other WM/DE

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    Possibly a duplicate of askubuntu.com/a/383930/248158 It suggests getting rid of dunst. – DK Bose Apr 8 '16 at 10:51
  • Package 'dunst' is not installed, so not removed – Qwertie Apr 8 '16 at 12:38
  • It definitely looks like dunst. What are the outputs of type dunst and dpkg -S $(type -p dunst)? This is also not really an issue with i3: While the i3 package (at least the official one) recommends the dunst package, i3 has nothing to do with the dunst configuration. So the problem will not go away, just by removing i3. – Adaephon Apr 8 '16 at 13:00
  • They both showed it not installed. I logged out and in and the unity style notification was back. I was messing with apt before clearing out old kernels so maybe it got removed with that somehow – Qwertie Apr 8 '16 at 13:24

For me this worked, I'm running Ubuntu 16.04

run the following commands withsudo

create a file /usr/bin/user_notify and write the following text to the file.

set -euo pipefail
if pgrep -x i3 >/dev/null ; then

make the file executable by running chmod a+x /usr/bin/user_notify

open the file /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.knopwob.dunst.service and replace Exec=/usr/bin/dunst by Exec=/usr/bin/user_notify

Remark To use the standard unity notifier (also in i3) just replace Exec=/usr/bin/dunst by Exec=/usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/notify-osd in the file /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.knopwob.dunst.service.

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For me, inspired by the other answers, sudo apt remove dunst and logging out and in again was sufficient.

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