Re: Application names in the (bottom) notification area.

On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 18:49:34 -0500, Jasper St. Pierre <jstpierre mecheye net> wrote:

On Sun, Apr 8, 2012 at 7:46 PM, Christian Dysthe <cdysthe gmail com> wrote:
On Sun, 08 Apr 2012 15:00:46 -0500, Jasper St. Pierre
<jstpierre mecheye net> wrote:

On Sun, Apr 8, 2012 at 3:57 PM, Christian Dysthe <cdysthe gmail com>


I have a couple of application which stays in the (bottom) notification
area. In Gnome 2 they were named "Update Manager" and "HP Printer
but in Gnome Shell their names are "" and "hp-toolbox". I think that's their executable file names. Why aren't they named like they are
Gnome 2 or all other DE's I've used (Cinnamon, Unity, KDE, LXDE and

Cinnamon? Are you sure? If so, that's a pretty bad bug.

I checked Cinnamon again since I just updated it to v1.4 and it has been in
heavy development lately. Now his particular program, which btw is Linux
Mint's updater, doesn't a name associated with it in Cinnamon at all. It's just the icon. But in Gnome Shell it's still'' when you hover over it. The other program is called 'HPLIP Status Service' in Cinnamon, but is 'HP-systray' in Gnome Shell. To me it seems like Gnome Shell uses WM class
for naming, not the .desktop file. Could that be the case?

That could very well be, and that would be a bug.

I checked with xprop. It really looks like Gnome Shell uses WM_class, not WM_name or the .desktop file. I'll look into filing it as a bug.

Is there a way I can get Gnome Shell to show their application name
of the executable file name?

Are these system tray icons or libnotify notifications?

If you click on them, do they bring up a fancy bubble, or do they
launch the application or bring up a menu or something.

No fancy bubble. One opens the application, the other has a menu with a few options.

I'm not sure what they are. How could I find out?

I'm running Gnome 3.2 on Linux Mint Debian Edition UP4 x64.



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