Let's say I use notify-send with this long messages:

notify-send 'd: title, up/down: zoom, w: win_to_img, </>: rotate, *: orig, Enter/0: blah blah blah'

But it truncates the message, showing only a part of it with no option to view the full message:

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With Fedora 21 I was able to view the full message (pop up at bottom with scrollbar), but not with Fedora 24.

Version of notify-send is libnotify-0.7.6-8.fc24.i686.

Is there anyway to display full messages in Fedora 24 ?

  • @don_crissti yes, GNOME Shell 3.20.3
    – 林果皞
    Aug 3, 2016 at 19:10
  • I think that this is related somehow: youtube.com/watch?v=8KMqvAq6WYY
    – shibormot
    Jan 6, 2023 at 16:50

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notify-send works like this:

notify-send [OPTION...] <SUMMARY> [BODY]

Now, as you only have one (quoted) string, that's being used for the SUMMARY and the BODY is empty. Just use blank or whatever for the SUMMARY and the BODY will display the whole message (but only when you hover over the pop-up with your mouse)1:

notify-send ' ' 'd: title,up/down: zoom,w: win_to_img,</>: rotate,*: orig,Enter/0: blah blah blah'

or if you prefer gdbus:

gdbus call --session --dest org.freedesktop.Notifications --object-path \
/org/freedesktop/Notifications --method org.freedesktop.Notifications.Notify \
my_app_name 42 '' "" 'd: title, up/down: zoom, w: win_to_img, </>: rotate, \
*: orig, Enter/0: your very long message should now span over multiple lines \
and stuf blah blah blah blah whatever...' '[]' '{}' 20

1: this is on gnome 3, other DEs might actually display the whole message without the need to hover over it

  • +1. xfce displays the entire summary over multiple lines, but if you give it a single-space summary and a detailed body, it just pops up an empty (one space) notify box. mouseover doesn't display the body, either. the gdbus version does the same.
    – cas
    Aug 4, 2016 at 10:39

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