I recently installed i3-gaps on my Xubuntu machine, and noticed that my notifications did not look the same as they used to when I logged back on Xfce. Switching the notification style in the notification settings did not change anything, and remained like this:

Is there anyway this can be fixed without having to reinstall i3-gaps?

  • Did you try purging i3-gaps again? This way you could verify this package is responsible for the change.
    – dessert
    Sep 23, 2017 at 20:16
  • @dessert I've never purged i3-gaps before, which I was hoping to avoid because I've already invested a bit in customizing it. I guess I'll edit my question to allow for solutions to remove Xfce instead.
    – gardezone
    Sep 23, 2017 at 20:47
  • OK, how about just removing it using apt remove? This way you will keep all your configuration and still be able to test whether it's the package's fault.
    – dessert
    Sep 24, 2017 at 6:28
  • @dessert sorry for being away, I ran apt remove and said i3 is not installed, so not removed, despite it being on my computer, so I decided to purge instead.
    – gardezone
    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:33
  • Ran purge, and the notifications have not been fixed.
    – gardezone
    Oct 3, 2017 at 1:40

2 Answers 2


I had the same problem. For me it was the ~/.xsession file missing. To fix that, create or modify the file as following:


dunst & \



I had the same problem.

I think i3 package for Ubuntu installs dunst notification daemon and it's to be blamed here.

Removing it and starting xfce4-notifyd service worked for me.

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