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Disable Notifications in Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

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Ubuntu 9.04 sports a new notification system called notify-osd which any application can use to alert you of changes. Although the notification overlays look pretty cool, they’re craving for your attention and could sometimes be very annoying and distracting.

Ubuntu 9.04 Notifications

You can turn off these notify-osd notifications by typing this single command in your terminal:

sudo mv /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service.disabled

Restart your computer. They’re gone. Forever!

[Via Ted Dziuba]

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April 26th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

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  • Trab

    Oh jeez, thank you so much. The new notification system is TERRIBLE. Honestly, the fact that there is no customization, and no way of turning it off simply is a serious blow for Ubuntu. and I’m not the average user, I tried searching crontabs and everything else after kill -9 didn’t keep it from coming back.

    Thanks again!

  • http://sgerrand.com Sasha Gerrand

    Quicker method: sudo chmod -x /usr/lib/notification-daemon/notification-daemon

  • Doc

    Actually, notification-daemon is no longer the offender.

    sudo chmod -x /usr/lib/notify-osd/notify-osd

  • http://floss.pro kmf

    You are my Hero!

  • http://www.stevenbrady.org Steven Brady

    Most excellent. While I enjoy the notifications, they’re a pain when they take focus away from a VM.

  • Paul

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  • Annie

    Thank you so much, these wretched things were driving me nuts! WHY do they do things like that, especially with no easily apparent way of turning it off.

  • http://www.trbailey.net Tom

    I tried your solution and it didn’t work. I still get yellow pop ups that prevent mplayer from using XV. They appear on the desktop swither. Am I missing something?

  • http://www.newindiatourism.com Nick

    Thankss buddy, its very annoying at times of private chats as it pops up at the corner.

  • rakete

    oh, thanks god, that someone pointed that out…

    I felt like I would never be finishing any work anymore, since I left 8.04 behind…
    every damn minute something pops up and I could not even stop the damn thing from doing it! Worst “Improvement” I have ever seen.

    Serious, uncontrolable Popups are wrecking nervs!

    It’s a scientific fact, that such popups are bad for concentration, work and due to stress even for health…

    The person who cames up with the Idea of such a popupframework should be slaped very hard. The persons who decided to enable this stupid thing by default should be slaped even harder.

    Always think before developing…

  • Pascal Meunier

    How did you discover this? In any case, you saved my sanity. It’s incredibly poor UI design (or cruelty) to make something so obnoxious, make many apps (like Firefox) use it often, and not provide an obvious way to turn it off. Ubuntu often does things because they can and they think it’s nifty, without thinking of the usability consequences. Integration of chat status with the OS login/logout UI is another poor UI design decision done for “niftyness”, this time without consideration to separation of trustworthy and untrustworthy UI elements. It’s not as obnoxious but shows the same “fire from the hip” approach to UI design.

  • http://CleberOliveira.com.br Cléber Oliveira

    Thank! It’s really bugging me!

  • ad

    Excellent tip – still works fine in the latest version (10.04) of Lubuntu too – bye bye annoying notifications :)

  • Ibex to Lynx

    Thanks so much for the tip. Yep it is a blow from the ubuntu team. Also the default theme in 10.04 too, so horible.

  • Jeffrey

    Thank you so much for tip on getting rid one of the “philosophies” of MS (Mark Shuttleworth)

  • http://none L

    I’m running Ubuntu 9.10 netbook and this crashed the netbook launcher every time I logged in until I undid it. Just fyi.

  • L

    Super! but how make it back???

  • krism

    @L: Just do

    sudo mv /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service.disabled /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.freedesktop.Notifications.service

    (e.g. the opposite of what the article tells you to)

  • http://rcmd.org spirit

    Wow, (K)Ubuntu is turned into Windows more and more with each release it seems. These notifications were one of the most annoying things I have seen in Linux so far.

    Thanks for the tip on howto remove them!

    Let’s hope they stay away from shit like that in the future. I don’t want a copy of Windows, I want a good OS.

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  • rcmd

    It may work on Ubuntu but sadly it does not work for me on Kubuntu 10.04.2 LTS.

  • http://harry.wood.myopenid.com/ Harry Wood

    On my ubuntu 10 (lucid)…

    Right click your networking icon. This is either a wireless icon or a up/down arrow for a wired connection, up in the top right.   …then untick ‘Enable notifications”

    no need to restart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodolfo.barreiro.5 Rodolfo Barreiro

    I’m afraid that method of disabling by clicking on network icon does not work for Ubu 10.04 lts, lets hope the other does, Im sick of notifications over my films!!!!