How can I suppress notifications for a while?

Asked by Philipp Wendler on 2010-05-16


how can I suppress notifications for a while? For example when my notebook is connected to a beamer, I do not want these bubbles to appear.

I'm using Lucid and Gnome.

Thanks for your help,

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Philipp Wendler (philw85) said : #2

Why is this question not answered?

You could open a terminal (Applications → Accessories → Terminal) and type in:
sudo chmod -x /usr/lib/notify-osd/notify-osd && killall notify-osd

That will deactivate the service. Reactivate it by:
sudo chmod +x /usr/lib/notify-osd/notify-osd

If you want it to be deactivated for just the session (until you log out or turn the computer off), just typing this will suffice:
killall notify-osd

(Part of my solution from )

Philipp Wendler (philw85) said : #4

Thanks. It's not beautiful but it's ok for me.

Is it planned that this will be better accessible in the future? I could for example imagine combining this with the power saving mode inhibition applet.

Greetings, Philipp

You could create launchers for each command to make it easier (with »Application in Terminal« as type, for the password prompt).

On future plans:
It has already been reported, please see the linked bug.
You can also take part in the discussion and feedback about Notify-OSD at