Bug 1389875 - Tray icon of some applications (e.g. Telegram desktop) doesn't appear under Gnome with Wayland
Summary: Tray icon of some applications (e.g. Telegram desktop) doesn't appear under G...
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-shell
Version: 25
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Owen Taylor
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2016-10-29 07:34 UTC by Hedayat Vatankhah
Modified: 2017-12-12 10:45 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2017-12-12 10:45:52 UTC
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Description Hedayat Vatankhah 2016-10-29 07:34:32 UTC
Description of problem:
I use Telegram desktop under Gnome. When using Xorg, its tray icon appears in tray pane. However, running under Wayland, it doesn't appear. (does the size of icon matter? Because under Xorg, it shows a blue line beside its tray icon. I thought maybe it is using a smaller icon than what Gnome expects.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run Telegram desktop
2. Make sure that tray icon is enabled in settings.

Actual results:
Tray icon doesn't appear

Expected results:
Tray icon should appear

Comment 1 Hedayat Vatankhah 2016-10-31 10:08:05 UTC
Transmission has the same problem too.

Comment 2 Christian Stadelmann 2016-10-31 12:03:32 UTC
Gtk+ developers would say this is a bug in Telegram which should not use tray icons. According to https://developer.gnome.org/gtk3/stable/GtkStatusIcon.html it is deprecated since Gtk+ 3.14 (released >2 years ago). There is some controversity about this.

See also: https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=758677

Comment 3 Hedayat Vatankhah 2016-10-31 15:50:53 UTC
But it doesn't seem that they are dropped completely: e.g. stardict & keepassX are still able to show a tray icon.

Comment 4 Hedayat Vatankhah 2016-10-31 15:52:10 UTC
(Thank you for the referenced bug though. Apparently there is an alternative method to show a status icon?)

Comment 5 Christian Stadelmann 2016-10-31 15:59:00 UTC
Gnome-Shell still has code for it on X11, so all X11 applications (Qt4 and Gtk+ 2 by default, Gtk+ 3 and Qt5 by environment variable) can still use GtkStatusIcon's.

For Gtk+ 3.x applications there is a workaround: specify GDK_BACKEND=x11 in your environment.

To do this, e.g. start telegram through a script with

export GDK_BACKEND=x11

or with this command line

GDK_BACKEND=x11 /usr/bin/telegram

But those are just workarounds and the status icon feature has already been removed from Gtk+ 4 sources.

Comment 6 Hedayat Vatankhah 2016-10-31 21:20:25 UTC
Ah... thank you for the clarification. (so, it seems that stardict & keepassx are still being run as an X11 applictaions).
Then probably this bug can be closed. I've lost all my hope that such design decisions might change; and I don't see notifications (at least with the current design) to be able to replace tray icon. 


Comment 7 Florian Müllner 2016-11-03 12:01:08 UTC
Removing from WaylandRelated- as Christian explained, XEmbed is an X11-only technology, so applications using it need to explicitly request the X11 backend. For GTK+ applications, that would involve something like calling:

  gdk_set_allowed_backends ("x11,*");

before GTK+ is initialized.

Comment 8 Jan Niklas Hasse 2017-09-07 10:28:07 UTC
If you want to use Telegram's tray icon with GNOME and (pure) Wayland, installing https://github.com/ubuntu/gnome-shell-extension-appindicator is the way to go.

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