Why is my Konsole generating notifications every 10 seconds after a keypress in statusbar "Konsole -- silence in session 'Default'".

In "Configure Notifications -- Plasma" I can deselect notifications for "Silence in Monitored Session", but why are they generated in the first place?

The distribution is Kubuntu 17.04 with Plasma desktop.

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You must have inadvertently pressed Shift+Ctrl+I. Press it again to switch it off. I had something similar, but with "Activity in Monitored Session", which pops up whenever you press a key. It can be toggled with Shift+Ctrl+A. Alternetively, you can use the View menu entry in Konsole. See the page Konsole Command Reference for more details.

  • Do you also happen to know what this feature is actually intended for? I just can't really come up with a reason why someone would actually want this kind of monitoring...
    – Raven
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 7:55
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    @Raven No, but this page says: Monitor for Activity: the session tab shows a special icon if new text appears in the screen area. Monitor for Silence: the session tab shows a special icon when no new text appears in the screen area for 10 seconds. These allow you to switch to another session while still monitoring your tab of interest.
    – AstroFloyd
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 14:53
  • Maybe to get a notification once a job that is more or less continuously writing to stdout is done... /shrug
    – Raven
    Commented Apr 1, 2022 at 17:03
  • Many thanks for this; Shift+Ctrl+I is the shortcut to open dev tools in Firefox in my case so probably inadvertently executed that shortcut while Konsole
    – kjones
    Commented Dec 8, 2022 at 5:25
  • As of this post, the Konsole Command Reference link is broken. I was going to browse for a way to find out which session is causing notifications---a way that is better than clicking all the View menus of all my tabs until I find one that has "Monitor for Silence" checked. Aparrently all my sessions have the same name, so the fact that the notification specifies 'Default' doesn't help.
    – Ana Nimbus
    Commented Mar 17, 2023 at 15:33

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