Whenever I run notify-send, nothing happens. When I run xfce4-notifyd-config and click preview, I get dialogues saying:

Error calling StartServiceByName for org.freedesktop.Notifications: GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.Spawn.ChildExited: Process org.freedesktop.Notifications exited with status 1


(xfce4-notifyd-config:16007): Gdk-WARNING **: gdk_window_set_icon_list: icons too large

1 Answer 1


Try sourcing /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/50-systemd-user.sh from your xinit.

  • That file exists. It's contents are: #!/bin/sh systemctl --user import-environment DISPLAY XAUTHORITY if which dbus-update-activation-environment >/dev/null 2>&1; then dbus-update-activation-environment DISPLAY XAUTHORITY fi
    – Marcel
    Jul 7, 2016 at 22:20
  • Delete the older one and replace it with a new one, but make sure to copy and paste the original Jul 7, 2016 at 22:22
  • I still get the same error after touching the file and rebooting.
    – Marcel
    Jul 7, 2016 at 22:28
  • Sorry, I missed the part where you said source. I just touched it.
    – Marcel
    Jul 9, 2016 at 1:38
  • @Marcel, no problem my man stay real and have fun Jul 11, 2016 at 19:39

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.