I am using Bodhi Linux, an Ubuntu derivative which, in my experience, for most purposes (but not all) works the same as Ubuntu.

I mean to filter notifications that show up in the desktop (inspired by Cannot suppress notification when a client connects to my vino server VNC).

How can I do that?

I meant to try something like this, with dbus-monitor "interface='org.freedesktop.Notifications'" ..., but when tab-completing gsettings get org.freedesktop I only get gsettings get org.freedesktop.ColorHelper. When tab-completing

$ ll /usr/share/dbus-1/services/org.fre
org.freedesktop.ColorHelper.service         org.freedesktop.secrets.service
org.freedesktop.impl.portal.Secret.service  org.freedesktop.systemd1.service

I am not sure this means the dbus-way is not feasible. I don't know how to find if it is, and if so, how to find the appropriate command.

I tried

$ gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.notifications show-banners false

just as a first test, the vino-server notifications kept popping.

This is the notification applet I have (I did not figure out which is yet). I am not sure any filtering can be done at that level, other than selecting which are shown (Low/Normal/Critical). So far this did not help, even deselecting all levels, the notifications pop-up. So at least from this simple test, I wouldn't know in which cases these checkboxes work.

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have you tried just tabcompleting org.?

an answer to this question might help:

If you have Gnome Tweaks, go to the extension option in that and modify settings. Else, you can do it in your browser, if you have Gnome Shell Extension installed.

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    Do you mean tab-completing org. just to see what is available? The link you provided might help in cases where notifications come from a Gnome Shell Extension. This is not the case. Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 10:57

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