[Freewx-maint] Bug#745887: libwxgtk3.0-0: Please enable support for libnotify

Olly Betts olly at survex.com
Sun Apr 27 23:06:52 UTC 2014

On Sat, Apr 26, 2014 at 01:09:12PM +0200, Christian Beier wrote:
> This is a feature request to enable support for libnotify notifications
> in debian's wx-3.0.
> The issue is touched shortly in https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-
> bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=738849#22, but I thought I'd rather open a new
> feature request as this is unrelated to webview support.

Thanks, this is much better addressed as a separate bug.

> To clarify between wx built-in notifications and wx using libnotify
> notifications: The builtin notifications use a generic approach, just
> displaying a dialog-like window in the middle of the screen, but
> certainly nothing a user would expect a GNOME/KDE/... notification to
> look like. This is where libnotify comes in: this is what the major
> Linux desktop environments are using.
> Thus, integration of libnotify is not pointless, but enables a more
> native look and feel of wx notifications.

I am aware of what libnotify is and does, but you don't really seem to
have addressed the code comment I quoted in the message you refer to (in

// even if the platform has the native implementation, we still normally want
// to use the generic one (unless it's totally unsuitable for the target UI as
// is the case of Hildon) because it may provide more features, so include
// wx/generic/notifmsg.h to get wxGenericNotificationMessage declaration even
// if wx/notifmsg.h only declares wxNotificationMessage itself (if it already
// uses the generic version, the second inclusion will do no harm)

It sounds like we may lose some features by switching to libnotify, so
I'd like to understand what (if any) those are, so we can understand any
trade-offs we are making here, and (if necessary) so we can warn the
maintainers of the many packages with use wx to check for regressions
this change may cause.


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