Mode extensions appear off by default

Bug #1718850 reported by Amr Ibrahim on 2017-09-22
This bug affects 27 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Release Notes for Ubuntu
gnome-shell (Ubuntu)
gnome-tweaks (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Go to the Extensions panel in Tweaks.
System extensions (dock and appindicators) appear off by default, where they are obviously not.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
Package: gnome-tweak-tool 3.26.1-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-11.12-generic 4.13.1
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-11-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Fri Sep 22 08:02:59 2017
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/gnome-tweak-tool
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-09-21 (0 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" - Alpha amd64 (20170919)
InterpreterPath: /usr/bin/python3.6
PackageArchitecture: all
Python3Details: /usr/bin/python3.6, Python 3.6.2, python3-minimal, 3.6.1-0ubuntu3
PythonDetails: /usr/bin/python2.7, Python 2.7.14, python-minimal, 2.7.13-2
SourcePackage: gnome-tweak-tool
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Amr Ibrahim (amribrahim1987) wrote :
tags: removed: wayland-session
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

I believe this is actually a gnome-shell bug since we get the same behavior with

These gnome-shell "mode" extensions are always on in that mode and can't be disabled so it would be nice if both g-s-extension-prefs and Tweaks would show that.

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue you are reporting is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug to the developers of the software by following the instructions at If you have done so, please tell us the number of the upstream bug (or the link), so we can add a bugwatch that will inform us about its status. Thanks in advance.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

I wonder if they appear off because we don't have package 'gnome-shell-extensions' installed by default?

Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Daniel, no this is a bug for all GNOME Shell modes including GNOME Classic.

tags: added: rls-aa-incoming
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Do you mean classic or default? Because the gnome-classic session is part of package 'gnome-shell-extensions', not installed by default :)

Iain Lane (laney) wrote :

Just to be clear, the desktop team does not maintain Tweaks, so the rls-aa-incoming tag is not for us.

Iain Lane (laney) on 2017-09-27
Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Won't Fix
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

Daniel, yes the extensions that are part of GNOME Classic (and installed as part of gnome-shell-extensions) have the same problem.

Iain, I'm reopening the gnome-shell part of this bug since I believe this bug is actually in gnome-shell and not gnome-tweak-tool (see comment 2). My understanding is that you can drop the rls-aa-incoming tag if this issue is not a priority for the Desktop Team right now.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: Won't Fix → New
Iain Lane (laney) wrote :

Are you going to work on it?

If not, this is Won't Fix in Launchpad.

tags: removed: rls-aa-incoming
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in gnome-tweak-tool (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in ubuntu-release-notes:
status: New → Fix Released
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) wrote :

I filed months ago requesting the ability to disable "system" (enabled by the GNOME Shell mode) extensions, but the bug was closed. :(

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2017-10-26
summary: - System extensions appear off by default
+ Mode extensions appear off by default
Didier Roche (didrocks) wrote :

FYI, I started the discussion on the GNOME Shell mailing list in october:
There is a pending request with patches posted in November on upstream bugzilla: and patches in Tweaks are waiting on the GNOME Shell part to be merged.

I migrated everything over gitlab once GNOME Shell project was moved to it:

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thank you for reporting this bug to Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 17.10 (artful) reached end-of-life on July 19, 2018.

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Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in gnome-tweak-tool (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Jeremy Bicha (jbicha) on 2018-08-08
affects: gnome-tweak-tool (Ubuntu) → gnome-tweaks (Ubuntu)
Changed in gnome-tweaks (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
tags: added: bionic cosmic
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