I cannot find the executable for indicator-messages.

I would like to run it manually for debugging purposes.

Can someone help me to locate it, please?

  • Is this a little same as askubuntu.com/questions/14607/how-to-refresh-indicators this link? Mar 12 '17 at 0:26
  • None of the methods mentioned there works for me.
    – orschiro
    Mar 12 '17 at 8:36
  • I am a beginner, but I've tried to remove indicator-message from unity-panel and xfce indicator-messages, I don't know the version you are running. askubuntu.com/questions/10739/… Can this help you? After I add/remove, I need to restart the service, in my memory. Mar 12 '17 at 10:55
  • I appreciate your help but I don't have any indicator application under /usr/share/applications/.
    – orschiro
    Mar 12 '17 at 13:45
  • I see /usr/share/indicators/messages/applications/ two text files in it, they refer /usr/share/applications/pidgin.desktop and /usr/share/applications/thunderbird.desktopAnd open dconf-editor com>canonical>indicator>messages name:applications value:pidgin.desktop Perhaps,I need to do with these. Mar 12 '17 at 14:30

From the content of the indicator-messages.desktop file (located in /etc/xdg/autostart) you can see that the "executable file" is a service which is located in /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/indicator-messages/indicator-messages-service, what mainly means you can't launch indicator-messages manually, just because it's not an executable application such as gedit.

Concerning the comment an application with id 'liferea.desktop' is not installed, check if gsettings get com.canonical.indicator.messages applications returns correct entries of applications being installed such as the default setting ['thunderbird.desktop'].
When you prefer to use a GUI based tool - you can do it with dconf-editor as well of course.

  • Thank you so much! This revealed an interesting insight: $ /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/indicator-messages/indicator-messages-service (process:17035): Indicator-Messages-WARNING **: an application with id 'liferea.desktop' is not installed
    – orschiro
    Mar 12 '17 at 19:39

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