Notification Area message

Mark Knecht markknecht at
Thu Dec 10 18:44:10 CET 2009

On Sat, Dec 5, 2009 at 1:16 AM, Mike Massonnet <mmassonnet at> wrote:
> 2009/12/5 Mark Knecht <markknecht at>:
>> On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 3:02 PM, Mike Massonnet <mmassonnet at> wrote:
>>> 2009/12/4 Mark Knecht <markknecht at>:
>>>> On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 1:54 PM, Nick Schermer <nickschermer at> wrote:
>>>>> 2009/12/4 Mark Knecht <markknecht at>:
>>>>>> My wife's machine is throwing this message each time she logs in.
>>>>>> Where do I look for the cause and how do I fix it?
>>>>>> Notification Area:
>>>>>> There is already a notification area running on this screen.
>>>>> There are 2 notification areas running in the panel.
>>>> That was my guess but I couldn't find anything hovering my mouse over
>>>> everything I could see.
>>> Just remove the one currently available, and then log out and back in
>>> and then only one instance should show up.
>> I appreciate the inputs. The problem is that we cannot see and cannot
>> any of the duplicate notification areas. There doesn't seem to be
>> anything actually on the panel remotely like the notification area
>> icon, and looking at the file you suggest below I cannot see it in the
>> file either, so I'm confused.
>>>> Is there an editable file somewhere or instructions on how to view
>>>> everything in the panel?
>>> Depends. For Xfce 4.4 look into ~/.config/xfce4/panel/panels.xml. For
>>> Xfce 4.6 look with "xfconf-query -c xfce4-panel -lv -p /panels."
>> Here are the files I see in the directory you pointed me at:
> [snip]
> Ok, it doesn't come from the panel but it looks like another
> application is trying to run in that case. Check inside
> xfce4-session-settings, the tabs Autostart and Session.
>> Thanks,
>> Mark
> --
> Mike

So it seems that the final outcome of this was my wife somehow had two
panels on top of each other at the bottom of the screen. I never
figured out how to find these looking at the files you suggested.
Probably I'm just not smart enough. I just happened to be playing with
the size of the panel. When I shrank one I saw the other underneath.
It was an exact duplicate with all the same menus, launchers, etc.
When I deleted it her problems went away.


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