Skype tray icon disappears when started on login #287

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charliemoss opened this Issue Feb 4, 2012 · 11 comments

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Skype tray icon not visible when started on login though when started manually it appears fine. On login I hear the start up sound and i see it running in system monitor.

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Piilen Feb 16, 2012

Hi Charlie,

My Skype also disappeared from the notification area - thanks for clearing up that it's because I started it on the startupprograms.

What I have done is made a bin subfolder in my homedirectory and placed a shellscript in there containing the following:

#! /bin/bash
sleep 30
skype
exit

I saved the file as delaySkype.sh and set the file properties to allow executing.
Then I just start that instead of skype. It waits for 30 seconds and then starts skype - that means that Cinnamon is up and running when skype tries to install itself in the notification area.

Piilen commented Feb 16, 2012

Hi Charlie,

My Skype also disappeared from the notification area - thanks for clearing up that it's because I started it on the startupprograms.

What I have done is made a bin subfolder in my homedirectory and placed a shellscript in there containing the following:

#! /bin/bash
sleep 30
skype
exit

I saved the file as delaySkype.sh and set the file properties to allow executing.
Then I just start that instead of skype. It waits for 30 seconds and then starts skype - that means that Cinnamon is up and running when skype tries to install itself in the notification area.

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clefebvre Mar 5, 2012

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Moved to #481

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clefebvre commented Mar 5, 2012

Moved to #481

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maxadamo Jul 8, 2012

The problem arises again. I can't see skype, pidgin, gyachi (any software) tray icon.
To get the icon on the tray, I have to go to the software, disable the icon, and re-enable it again.
Otherwise, I have to use the extension: restart Cinnamon
I am using Cinnamon 1.4 (latest nightly build for Ubuntu).

maxadamo commented Jul 8, 2012

The problem arises again. I can't see skype, pidgin, gyachi (any software) tray icon.
To get the icon on the tray, I have to go to the software, disable the icon, and re-enable it again.
Otherwise, I have to use the extension: restart Cinnamon
I am using Cinnamon 1.4 (latest nightly build for Ubuntu).

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simonwiles Dec 22, 2012

same problem on two computers here, but it's somewhat intermittent. one (my better half's) has the problem consistently with skype, but it's only just stated a few days ago (OS was installed from the RC ISO about three weeks ago). my laptop had the same problem with skype, occasionally, and then I set up goldendict to start on session-start. had no problems with skype since, but after a few days, the goldendict icon has stopped appearing (until I kill it and restart the program). the sleep workaround doesn't seem to work for me.

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(both machines running Mint 14 Cinnamon, one 32bit, one 64bit)

same problem on two computers here, but it's somewhat intermittent. one (my better half's) has the problem consistently with skype, but it's only just stated a few days ago (OS was installed from the RC ISO about three weeks ago). my laptop had the same problem with skype, occasionally, and then I set up goldendict to start on session-start. had no problems with skype since, but after a few days, the goldendict icon has stopped appearing (until I kill it and restart the program). the sleep workaround doesn't seem to work for me.

QT issue?

(both machines running Mint 14 Cinnamon, one 32bit, one 64bit)

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0rzech Jul 21, 2013

Same problem here on fully up-to-date Mint 14 Cinnamon 64-bit. Skype 4.1.0.20 "dynamic" works fine. On the other hand, Skype 4.2.0.11 "dynamic" starts without tray icon on login, but works fine when started manually.

@Piilen, thanks for workaround. If you do not want to mess up with separate script file, you can enter sh -c "sleep 30 && skype" in "Command" field of "Add Startup Program" window instead. This works nice too, at least in my case.

0rzech commented Jul 21, 2013

Same problem here on fully up-to-date Mint 14 Cinnamon 64-bit. Skype 4.1.0.20 "dynamic" works fine. On the other hand, Skype 4.2.0.11 "dynamic" starts without tray icon on login, but works fine when started manually.

@Piilen, thanks for workaround. If you do not want to mess up with separate script file, you can enter sh -c "sleep 30 && skype" in "Command" field of "Add Startup Program" window instead. This works nice too, at least in my case.

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rik-shaw Dec 31, 2013

@porzechowski thanks for the tip, I am on Mint 13 Cinnamon 2.0 and still have this problem when Skype is triggered by an autostart desktop file. I'm going to apply your workaround

@porzechowski thanks for the tip, I am on Mint 13 Cinnamon 2.0 and still have this problem when Skype is triggered by an autostart desktop file. I'm going to apply your workaround

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If you're running nightlies, I've added an option in cinnamon-session-properties (startup programs) where you can enter a delay, which would probably prevent this from happening (if you, say, put a 10 second delay on skype startup).

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mtwebster commented Dec 31, 2013

If you're running nightlies, I've added an option in cinnamon-session-properties (startup programs) where you can enter a delay, which would probably prevent this from happening (if you, say, put a 10 second delay on skype startup).

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rik-shaw Dec 31, 2013

@mtwebster That is an awesome option ('just makes sense"). I'll need to check it out.

@mtwebster That is an awesome option ('just makes sense"). I'll need to check it out.

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Marko-M Jan 22, 2014

I have this issue with Cinnamon 2 on Ubuntu 13.10 at one of my machines and same install (remastersys) doesn't have this issue at the other. Go figure.

Marko-M commented Jan 22, 2014

I have this issue with Cinnamon 2 on Ubuntu 13.10 at one of my machines and same install (remastersys) doesn't have this issue at the other. Go figure.

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jbahillo Mar 28, 2014

Doing the sleep works for me but it stops the desktop being launched for ths 30 (or whatever time is set up) seconds, which is nasty

Doing the sleep works for me but it stops the desktop being launched for ths 30 (or whatever time is set up) seconds, which is nasty

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YannickNascimento Sep 21, 2016

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"It was found that "System tray" applet was disabled in my system.
Fixed in this way:

enter app menu
type "Applets" and press "Enter" button
on "Installed Applets" tab search for "System tray" applet
select it and press "Add to panel" button
some running applications might need to be restarted in order to appear in the tray"

by https://unix.stackexchange.com/users/37713/gumkins

YannickNascimento commented Sep 21, 2016

cinnamon
"It was found that "System tray" applet was disabled in my system.
Fixed in this way:

enter app menu
type "Applets" and press "Enter" button
on "Installed Applets" tab search for "System tray" applet
select it and press "Add to panel" button
some running applications might need to be restarted in order to appear in the tray"

by https://unix.stackexchange.com/users/37713/gumkins

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