Multimedia key notifications are useless

Bug #351986 reported by dobey on 2009-03-30
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-settings-daemon

After upgrading to Jaunty, I now see a notification every time i press prev/next on my keyboard. These notifications are extraneous, and annoying. When I have no music player running, I still get the notifications. Do I really need a notification to tell me that I pressed a key? Also, when rhythmbox is running, and iconified in my tray, I now get two notifications, one for the song change from rhythmbox (which is actually useful, as it has song title/artist info), and another from gnome-settings-daemon for when I pressed the key. The positioning of the two notifications is not always consistent, sometime the rhythmbox one is on top, sometime the keypress. Also, as the height is not always consistent, when the rhythmbox notification is on top, and I press next before the notifications time out, the rhythmbox notification will sometimes resize due to song/album title lengths, and overlap the keypress notification.

Can we please get rid of the keypress notification? It's only useful to notify me of a keypress, if something was supposed to happen, and instead didn't. But in that case, I would rather be notified of the error, and not the fact that I pressed the key. For example, with eject, I would rather know that the device is locked by some process, than that I pressed the key and the drive didn't eject. When pressing eject, I'm expecting it to eject, and so then I can directly see/hear/feel that the drive tray did not eject.

Damiano Dallatana (damidalla) wrote :

Hi Rodney, as far as I can see you pointed out many "glitches" of the new notification system.
Many of these are already being discussed in the relevant bug reports:
bug #345363: "Next track" notification appears even if nothing listening
bug #345296: confirmation bubble is overlapped by notification bubbles
bug #354149: Synchronous notification bubble does not appear under existing bubble
bug #354339: Notification bubble can change size while Confirmation bubble is visible
Some of the problems you listed do not have a bug report filed against the correct package or project.
I suggest you to comment and subscribe to the bugs listed above, and to report new bugs for the problems you did encounter with the new notify-OSD: a bug report should list only a problem, without going off-topic.

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-settings-daemon - 2.26.0-0ubuntu3

gnome-settings-daemon (2.26.0-0ubuntu3) jaunty; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/16_use_synchronous_notifications.patch:
    - don't display stop, previous, next key notifications
      (lp: #351986, #345363)

 -- Sebastien Bacher <email address hidden> Mon, 06 Apr 2009 11:39:37 +0200

Changed in gnome-settings-daemon (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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