Help With XFCE "Wait" Icon Remains Attached To Cursor

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    After opening applications, the little spinning sphere attached to the cursor does not go away – “Synaptic” or “Create Snapshot” or “Create Live-USB”, etc.

    This behavior is the same in 17.1 and 17.2 whether installed with SliM or LightDM. Even on the Snapshot USB.

    It increases its presence with use.

    Looked in LightDM conf files and could not recognize anything related to adjust.

    Answers online indicate “notify” is the problem. However, that is Ubuntu.

    Is there a known configuration to resolve this?

    Any help would be appreciated.



    test: start an affected program by launching if from command prompt instead of via the menu or via desktop shortcut.
    If the spinning/waiting cursor problem disappears when launched this way, the probable permanent fix would be to edit its .desktop launcher (in /usr/share/applications… or its “icon” on the desktop)
    add this line in the .desktop file if absent, change =true to =false if the line is already present.


    Hi skidoo-

    Thanks so much for your reply.

    Apps started through command prompt in terminal run normally.

    After trying to locate the “Startup notify” selection in applications and other areas and not finding it, except in the lauchers on the panel, I found that installing xfce4 appfinder and exo-utils, that notifications could be edited through it. The box next to “Use startup notification” was un-ticked in every application checked. “notifyd” was not installed on any of the devices.

    Experimenting with different kernels, found that the upgraded XFCE systems appeared to be affected in kernel 4.15.9 and 4.18.7, and antiX with LXDE and IceWM desktop ran normally with any kernel.

    In an XFCE installation with default kernel 4.9.126, there was no “wait” icon for extended time. Installed 4.18.7, rebooted and the wait icon appeared and just kept running until the device was shut down. Returning to the previous kernel now also has the eternal spinning “wait” icon.

    Found on every device and every partition newly installed snapshot or upgraded kernel, whether SLiM or LightDM, any kernel, after 6 or more re-boots of the partition, XFCE went back to normal.

    Thanks again for the tip. It is useful information.

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