Missing indicators in 17.10 beta

Dmitry Shachnev mitya57 at ubuntu.com
Sat Sep 30 09:37:23 UTC 2017

Hi Paul,

On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 11:38:28PM +0100, Paul Tansom wrote:
> I'm sure I read that 17.10 with the Ubuntu'ified Gnome was going to have
> indicators (at the top right) much like Unity. I've just upgraded a desktop
> to the beta and found no sign of them. Sadly my Google Fu has not managed
> to find anything about how they are implemented so I can fix the problem
> rather than sort something out that does the same thing, but isn't actually
> stock Ubuntu. Is anyone running the beta successfully and able to tell me
> how they are setup?

Ubuntu 17.10 ships with gnome-shell-extension-appindicator [1], which adds
support for application indicators and other applications that are using the
StatusNotifierItem specification.

There are no such applications installed by default (I think), but if you
install some such application from the repository, it should work. If that
does not work, please make sure you have gnome-shell-extension-appindicator
package installed.

It does *not* provide or support indicator-sound, indicator-network or any
other indicators which were part of Unity. The standard GNOME Shell UI is used
for these things.

> I also don't have the proper Gnome implementation that hides them away at
> the bottom left - who hides an indicator? I'm glad car manufacturers don't
> do that ;-)

That bottom left corner was not for indicators, but for legacy X11 tray items.
It is something that Unity did not support since 2013. In GNOME 3.26, support
for legacy tray has also been dropped [2].

[1]: https://github.com/ubuntu/gnome-shell-extension-appindicator
[2]: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=785956

Dmitry Shachnev
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