indicator-applet is invisible (almost)

Bug #347538 reported by Max Bowsher on 2009-03-23

This bug report was converted into a question: question #77020: indicator-applet is invisible (almost).

This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
indicator-applet (Ubuntu)
Ted Gould

Bug Description

Binary package hint: indicator-applet

I wanted to see what this "Indicator Applet" was, so I went "Add to panel", "Indicator Applet", and clicked "Add". Nothing happened. I clicked "Add" a few more times. I had an inkling what might be happening, and looked into the panel's gconf settings - sure enough, I had 7 copies of indicator-applet on my panel, but I couldn't see any of them.

Later, I happened to look at my LCD from an odd angle, and the changed contrast let me notice some faint ridges on the panel which turned out to be my multitude of indicator applets.

The indicator applet should have some distinct visual presence of its own.

Consistency is good, and the indicator applet and the notification area applet share similar purposes, so I think the indicator applet should use the concept of a small but visible marker/handle as the notification area does.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

bug #339818 was the bug requestion the opposite

Max Bowsher (maxb) wrote :

I don't understand the rationale expressed in bug 339818. If you were to carry that to its logical conclusion, you'd have to remove the handle from the notification area too.

I recommend sticking with the well-established UI of having a small handle on notification/indication applets for Jaunty and worrying about how to reinvent the concept of a panel applet that hosts zero-or-more widgets on the behalf of applications for Karmic, preferably in concert with GNOME upstream so that notification and indication don't offer unnecessarily differing behaviour.

Ted - this is moot because the indicator-applet will be visible by default, right? If so, I would propose we close this as invalid.

Changed in indicator-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → ted-gould
Max Bowsher (maxb) wrote :


If the applet happens to show some visible content by default, that may well be grounds to de-prioritize the issue, but that does not make it not-a-bug.

However, I don't think it does show any visible content by default - only when an actual indication is happening?

On Wed, 2009-03-25 at 22:29 +0000, Rick Spencer wrote:
> Ted - this is moot because the indicator-applet will be visible by
> default, right? If so, I would propose we close this as invalid.

It will be installed by default, but it's also possible for people to
delete it and add it. Heck, people could have several if they so
wanted :)

I think that it should be set to low priority though, as it won't effect
most users and doesn't have an easy fix.

Changed in indicator-applet (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Confirmed
John Wiersba (jrw32982) wrote :

OK, I give up. What's the workaround that makes thing visible? I can't see it to remove it. (I'm running Jaunty)

John Wiersba (jrw32982) wrote :

How does one get rid of this thing (the indicator applet) when it is not displaying anything? It's invisible.

Changed in indicator-applet (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Vish (vish) wrote :

@John Wiersba :
To remove> Start evolution or pidgin , this will show the icon , now you can remove it from the panel [right-click on applet and remove]

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