Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 991812
mail-notification system tray icon is messed up
Last modified: 2015-02-17 11:34:05 EST
Created attachment 782513 [details]
desktop screenshot with messed up mail-notification system tray icon
See attached screen shot. It appears as either a completely blank spot in the system tree, or a white square as shown in the screenshot. The problem is there whether or not there is unread mail, i.e., whether or not mail-notification is currently alerting.
I'm aware of the issue and I already spent numerous hours trying to get it properly fixed. The main problem is that mail-notification uses a lot of outdated/deprecated API which lack certain modern features. For example the tray icon is drawn using EggTrayIcon, which was the main method to draw tray icons before it got replaced by GtkStatusIcon in GTK 2.10.0 (which was released in 2006). Unfortunately upstream mail-notification didn't switch to using GtkStatusIcon and still uses the old (and broken on modern environments) EggTrayIcon.
I've already tried to rewrite the mail notification code in question but it turned out to very difficult due to the code architecture of mail-notification. The mail-notification code itself is written in a 'language' called gob. Code written in this 'language' can be translated to C by using the gob2 tool but as you can probably guess..nobody uses gob these days and it's hard to maintain.
There are also various issues in mail-notification regarding reference counts which cause random segfaults, but we still haven't been able to pinpoint the exact causes.
Long story short: in my opinion time can better be invested in a complete rewrite of mail-notification than to make it work properly on modern environments.
Yuck. Is there an alternative tool to use in Fedora 19?
Not really. In Evolution itself there's a mail-notification plugin, but it only shows notifications for the Inbox and no tray icon.
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