Comment 1 for bug 490065

Mirco Müller (macslow) wrote :

It is a deliberate design-decision to not offer applications control over the expire-timeout to help avoiding cluttering the desktop with notifications. It works in tandem with other spam-protection mechanisms in notify-osd. This prevents these situations from happening:

http://www.futurecrue.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/notification-daemon.jpg
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Please also see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NotifyOSD#org.freedesktop.Notifications.Notify for further details on this topic.