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I started to ask "What's this not-a-panel panel in Unity, and how do I control it?" but I've at least gotten as far as realizing it is the "global menu".

My global menu has a message notifier widget in place that scans my email, empathy, pidgin, etc. for new messages. I'd like to ...

  • Remove Evolution from the menu (It shows me both Evolution and Thunderbird even though I don't have any email addresses set up on Evolution).

  • Tell it to use Pidgin or Empathy -- for some reason it is currently showing me both.

I'm frustrated that right-click doesn't give me any additional options here. I can't even figure out how to quit Pidgin, since it is only in my message indicator, not in my launcher.

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The indicator menu items are in

/usr/share/indicators/messages/applications

so if you want to get rid of something, you can delete it from there. For example, delete

/usr/share/indicators/messages/applications/evolution

to get rid of evolution. Note that this will affect all user accounts, and it will be difficult to get it back.

For a less permanent method, create the folder

mkdir ~/.config/indicators/messages/applications-blacklist/ -p

and copy the menu items you don't want into there

cp /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications/evolution ~/.config/indicators/messages/applications-blacklist/

This will only show up for your user. Of course, you can remove items from the blacklist folder to get them back.

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  • This doesn't seem to work for Empathy (ie. "Chat"). Despite having it in my blacklist folder I still see it. To remove it I had to uninstall empathy (see below).
    – mpe
    Apr 19, 2012 at 2:37
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uninstall empathy and evolution

sudo apt-get purge empathy
sudo apt-get purge eolution
sudo apt-get autoremove

since i didnt understand your question to full extent i.m gonna explain

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this is a screen shot the app is runnning only if the little triange like next to broadcast is there next to ur other apps ie pidgin and thunderbird [since i have configured TB, you see Mail]

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