Notifications inconsistent with other Ubuntu notifications

Bug #708704 reported by Otus on 2011-01-27
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
chromium-browser (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: chromium-browser

Today gmail/chromium told me I can get desktop notifications on new emails, which is a great feature. Unfortunately the notifications don't use the Ubuntu notifications APIs (libnotify?) and seem out of place.

There was apparently some discussion on the Ayatana mailing list, but there didn't seem to be a conclusion. I think chromium on Ubuntu should use the existing infrastructure even if that results in some loss of features (HTML and interactivity) compared to other platforms.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: chromium-browser 8.0.552.237~r70801-0ubuntu1~ucd~stable2~maverick
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-25.44-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-25-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
CrashDB: ubuntu
Date: Thu Jan 27 17:43:02 2011
 GNOME_DESKTOP_SESSION_ID = this-is-deprecated
 XDG_CONFIG_DIRS = /etc/xdg/xdg-gnome:/etc/xdg
 XDG_DATA_DIRS = /usr/share/gnome:/usr/local/share/:/usr/share/
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release amd64 (20101007)
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: chromium-browser
ThirdParty: True
chromium-default: CHROMIUM_FLAGS=""

Otus (jan-varho) wrote :

If there are good answers to the questions asked there, upstream would like to work with Ubuntu notifications too.

Jiri Grönroos (jiri-gronroos) wrote :

There is an extension called Chromify-OSD at

This could be useful if someone is going to integrate such functionality into Ubuntu packages.

Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Jorge Castro (jorge) wrote :

Here's the Chromium->OSX messaging work for reference:

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

Still valid. Desktop notifications do not use notify-osd. I'm not aware of any upstream plans to do that, though.

Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Mario Limonciello (superm1) wrote :

According to this is changing in chrome dev channel via an opt in flag.

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

Indeed, I’m running chromium 59.0.3071.15 and was able to enable native desktop notifications (chrome://flags/#enable-native-notifications).

Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Olivier Tilloy (osomon)
Mario Limonciello (superm1) wrote :

So can this be patched in the Ubuntu packaged build to override that flag default?

Olivier Tilloy (osomon) wrote :

Probably. However I just tested on unity7 and no notification shows up. This seems to work only in gnome-shell. So not something that can be enabled by default for now.

Changed in chromium-browser (Ubuntu):
assignee: Olivier Tilloy (osomon) → nobody
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