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F20: How can Empathy status be integrated with the Gnome 3.10 top panel?

asked 2014-01-18 09:35:29 -0500

florian gravatar image

updated 2014-01-18 21:05:59 -0500

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In F19 the drop-down menu from the panel above had a tool to set status of Empathy accounts (Offline, Available, Invisible, Away, or so). How can I get this back again?

Thanks Florian

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answered 2014-01-18 09:48:50 -0500

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updated 2014-01-18 10:28:08 -0500

Same question as question 37445 I think.

It has been removed with the new system status menu coming along with GNOME Shell 3.10.

I don't think it is a bad idea since in my opinion it has nothing to do in the system status area. Its place should be in the System Tray at the bottom on the screen. Maybe it will come back in a future version of GNOME Shell. For more information about the new design, you can look at this page.

There seems to be an extension called Chat Status that brings back the functionality you are looking for. Unfortunately, it has been removed or rejected (I don't really know but you can look at the page in cache). I found the corresponding github page in case you want to download it and install it from gnome-tweak-tool.

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Could please also tell me what files from the github I need. Does an extension consists of one .js file only?

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2014-01-18 16:57:39 -0500 )edit

I'm not sure If I remember correctly how to manually install an extension.

  • Choose *Download ZIP" on the chat status extension github page.

  • Open GNOME Tweak Tool, go to Extensions in the left panel, and look for Install Shell Extension at the bottom of the window.

  • Open the ZIP file previously downloaded, it should work...

Unfortunately, I get at this point an "Invalid extension" error. So you might try @mether explanations instead.

remjg gravatar imageremjg ( 2014-01-19 04:15:05 -0500 )edit

The preferred way is to install extensions from:

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2014-01-19 20:52:34 -0500 )edit

@hmaarrfk: chat status is not available there (see above answer from @remjg).

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2014-01-20 22:37:54 -0500 )edit

@Florian, sorry, I didn't read it carefully enough.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2014-01-22 13:18:16 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-01-18 23:23:02 -0500

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I haven't tried it personally you can do the following, to install the extension

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/
cd ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/
sudo yum install git
git clone

Restart GNOME Shell by running alt+F2, r and enter. You can control extensions preferences via gnome-shell-extension-prefs

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