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I can't see an icon for Pidgin in the tray when the app is running like I can with Windows.

I'm using Pidgin as I wanted one IM client for all OSes (OSX, Win7, Ubuntu).

How can I know if there is a new message without an icon? I have to keep checking the app!

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There is a dconf key that stores the whitelist for Unity’s systray (the thing that shows the ugly green skype icon but doesn’t show your dropbox icon).

To see the current value type:

gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist

You should get something like: ['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'Skype']

Now if you, like me, use the Skype plugin for Pidgin you don’t need Skype’s non-mono icon disrupting your dekstop, and if you would like to see what Dropbox is doing (at least I don’t see any indicator support for now…) you can change this key with this command:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'Dropbox']"

And voila no Skype icon but the dropbox icon is sitting in your tray after your the next login.”

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I read that before posting... How do I find out what to 'set' as I tried Pidgin, but it didn't work. Also I have a dropbox icon by default :S – neildeadman Nov 24 '11 at 12:27

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