Feature request: add number of unread messages in the Unity Launcher entry of Pidgin

Bug #733915 reported by Jean-Philippe Orsini on 2011-03-12
This bug affects 17 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
pidgin-libnotify (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: pidgin

It will be nice to benefit from the new Unity Launcher and adds the number of unread messages in the Launcher entry of Pidgin

visibility: public → private
Robert Roth (evfool) on 2011-03-12
visibility: private → public
Changed in pidgin (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Jean-Philippe Orsini (jfi) wrote :

I am working on a implementation of this request: lp:~jfi/pidgin-libnotify/fix-for-bug-733915
but it is not yet finished

Jean-Philippe Orsini (jfi) wrote :

I have created a PPA for my patch: ppa:jfi/pidgin

There is one known bug: the counter is visible after quitting pidgin.

tags: added: patch
Jean-Philippe Orsini (jfi) wrote :

debdiff of the patch

Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

Thanks for the debdiff!

Your debdiff contains the following files, and needs to be fixed:

Also, since we are past feature freeze, if you want this to be included in Natty, you must request a Feature Freeze Exception:


We are also past User Interface Freeze...I didn't look closely at your patch, but you might need to request a User Interface Freeze also:



Changed in pidgin (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Jean-Philippe Orsini (jfi) wrote :
Jean-Philippe Orsini (jfi) wrote :

@Marc https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pidgin/+bug/733915/+attachment/2088950/+files/733915_2.debdiff should fix the previous debdiff.

I switch the status to "Confirmed" as somebody is also affected.

With Unity (beta) the counter is turned off after quitting Pidgin unlike my previous test few weeks ago with Unity-2d + VirtualBox. I don't know yet if the bug was in Unity-2d only or has been fixed (I did not change the code of the patch).

Changed in pidgin (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
David Klasinc (bigwhale) wrote :

Counter will also count all the messages you sent after the last message that was sent to you. This is probably wrong. :)

Jean-Philippe Orsini (jfi) wrote :

@David, while sending a message, the conversation window has got the focus, so it is not take in consideration while computing the global number of unread unity message. Anyway, the conversation counter is not set to 0 which may cause an issue later when the window is no more focused. It will be nice if I can validate that your issue is this one. Could please start pidgin with 'pidgin -d|grep libnotify' and send me by email (<email address hidden>) the output after reproducing your scenario? Thanks for your help.

Jean-Philippe Orsini (jfi) wrote :

New patch which refresh the unity counter when conversation window gets the focus

Peter Howe (peter-howe) wrote :

This didn't make it into Oneiric by the looks of things. (a) is there a plan to get this into a release? (b) what's the process for applying this patch for Oneiric? Many thanks.

Chow Loong Jin (hyperair) wrote :

Okay, I just tested this on Oneiric. Looks like the counter's all wrong (what is it counting, really? I had one unread message from one conversation, but it showed 3), but apart from that it seems to work.

affects: pidgin (Ubuntu) → pidgin-libnotify (Ubuntu)

I still want this to be added as feature - what is the problem so far?

pcworld (pcworld) on 2013-11-10
tags: added: needs-packaging
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