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    Ayatana indicators on Manjaro MATE


    Ayatana indicators do not need much introduction. Ubuntu users have been using them for ages, and now the Ayatana project offers the very same set of indicators to any other Linux distribution as well, with all Ubuntu dependencies and schemas removed.


    Remove the Ubuntu application indicator.

    sudo pamac remove indicator-application

    Install the Ayatana components from the AUR

    # You need these:
    pamac build ayatana-ido
    pamac build libayatana-indicator
    pamac build libayatana-appindicator
    pamac build ayatana-indicator-application
    # I consider these essential:
    pamac build ayatana-indicator-session
    pamac build ayatana-indicator-datetime
    pamac build ayatana-indicator-messages
    # You decide if you need these:
    pamac build ayatana-indicator-power
    pamac build ayatana-indicator-notifications
    pamac build ayatana-indicator-printers
    # The mate-indicator-applet currently in Manjaro has not been built for Ayatana indicators, so we need a replacement from the AUR until this is fixed.
    pamac build mate-indicator-applet

    Now add Indicator Applet Complete to your panel, and you're good to go.

    Tweaks and settings

    Change Network Manager from systray to indicator mode

    cp /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop $HOME/.config/autostart
    sed -i "s/^Exec=.*/Exec=nm-applet --indicator/" $HOME/.config/autostart/nm-applet.desktop

    Install the Pamac application indicator

    sudo pamac install pamac-tray-appindicator

    Disable Pamac's systray indicator

    cp /etc/xdg/autostart/pamac-tray.desktop $HOME/.config/autostart
    echo "X-MATE-Autostart-enabled=false" >> $HOME/.config/autostart/pamac-tray.desktop
    echo "Hidden=true" >> $HOME/.config/autostart/pamac-tray.desktop

    Let Pamac's application indicator autostart

    cp /etc/xdg/autostart/pamac-tray-appindicator.desktop $HOME/.config/autostart
    sed -i "/OnlyShowIn.*/d" $HOME/.config/autostart/pamac-tray-appindicator.desktop

    Applications that don't play nice

    For some reason, certain applications in the official Manjaro (or Arch Linux) repositories have been built with indicator support disabled, so they end up in the old systray. Until this is fixed, you need a replacement from the AUR. Please contact me if there are any changes I should know about, or if you know of an application that belongs to this list.

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