How is notifyd supposed to be started?

Kai-Martin Knaak kmk at
Sat Mar 28 18:46:49 CET 2020

I noted that notifyd was not running on my Desktop. The application
itself is installed. It just wasn't running. I am able to start it

$ systemctl --user start xfce4-notifyd.service
$ systemctl --user status xfce4-notifyd.service 
● xfce4-notifyd.service - XFCE notifications service
     Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/user/xfce4-notifyd.service; static; vendo>
     Active: active (running) since Sat 2020-03-28 17:58:49 CET; 9min ago
   Main PID: 7668 (xfce4-notifyd)
     CGroup: /user.slice/user-1000.slice/user at 1000.service/xfce4-notifyd.service
             └─7668 /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/xfce4/notifyd/xfce4-notifyd

Mar 28 17:58:49 swips systemd[1577]: Starting XFCE notifications service...
Mar 28 17:58:49 swips systemd[1577]: Started XFCE notifications service.

Afterwards, the demon seems to work as expected. I can trigger a test
notification and applications successfully use the facility. 

So how and where is the notify demon supposed to be started in the first


PS: My current set-up:
OS: Debian, bullseye
desktop environment: XFCE
display manager: sddm

Kai-Martin Knaak
Email: kmk at
Öffentlicher PGP-Schlüssel:
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 833 bytes
Desc: OpenPGP digital signature
URL: <>

More information about the Xfce mailing list