GregE wrote:I cannot answer your questions about notifications other than to say that my 64bit Sid/LMDE hybrid running Gnome 3.2 shows notifications correctly. I do run the gnome-shell-classic-systray extension, which allows the likes of Skype to show an icon on the top toolbar rather than hidden in the Gnome 3 notification area at the bottom. Plug in devices popup at the bottom and GMail notifications appear in the bottom right hand corner.
As a fault finding technique might I suggest creating a new user and logging into a clean, unmodified and extension free Gnome Shell and see if the fault persists. If you are lucky it might be as simple as deleting ~/.local/share/gnome-shell and starting again with the modifications.
Just a couple of thoughts.
I decided to try something based on your reply, but rather than creating a new user outright I logged into my root account. Sure enough, notifications are working just fine there, suggesting that it is indeed something wrong with my normal user profile. I'll try deleting the above mentioned folder and see if that makes a difference...
EDIT: Well, that one folder alone doesn't seem to make a difference... I'll have to see what else might matter and carefully dissect my home folder until it's working normally again...
EDIT #2: Killed the dconf folder in my .config folder, lost some of my settings (of course) but notifications came back! I wonder what happened to it that might have broken them... oh well, gonna rebuild my previous configuration and hopefully notifications are here to stay.
karashata wrote: the version of libgtk-3-0 and related packages in experimental seem to ignore rendering anything using the Unico theme engine
I noticed that too, but only with applications which do not yet support GTK3, like gnome-search-tool
, for example. All other applications were fine. I also reverted to the versions of libgtk3-0 etc in Unstable.
I'm not sure how that makes sense, it's the GTK 3 applications that aren't being rendered entirely properly because the newer GTK 3 libraries don't seem to recognize and use the Unico GTK 3 engine properly. The GTK 2 applications render perfectly fine, since they use the Murrine GTK 2 engine... Also, as far as I know, KDE applications configured to use the GTK theme still use GTK 2 as well, so they also render perfectly fine. (For what it's worth, gnome-search-tool
from Testing onward *does* use GTK 3 as far as I can tell, so it's no wonder it wasn't rendered properly...)
In any case, downgrading was the only thing I could think of to do and it did work, hopefully at a later point in time everything will be fixed so the newer version of GTK 3 will properly utilize Unico again (whether that means an update to Unico to make it work with the newer version of GTK 3, or something being fixed in GTK 3 so it recognizes Unico again).