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Short of disabling notifications altogether, is there a way to configure printer notifications to only post error messages? I have not found any such option. I have not found any way to disable printer notifactions at all. I am hoping I missing something obvious.
I'm curious. What exactly do you mean by "printer notifications"?
I suspect that notifications are functions of the driver/printer software. I know that when that HP system tray thingee isn't running on my systems (the interfaces I commonly use don't run that stuff automatically), I don't get any notifications, so I think it might be useful to know what make/model printer you are talking about.
This is on a customer's system, running LMDE and Cinnamon. They have an HP PSC 1410 all-in-one printer. When we tested the printer, there were notification popups for just about every event. In the Cinnamon notification tray. Very annoying. Understandably, the customer wants notifications only for errors. They don't even want a notification for job completions because the printer is about 6 inches from their desk.
At this point I don't know from where the notifications are derived. Possibly from the HP driver. I am trying to learn my way around Debian and LMDE.
I don't know enough to be certain where printer notifications come from, but logic tells me that they must come from the printer software. When I'm using a window manager that does not provide a "system tray" so that the HPLIP system tray application can't run, I don't get printer notifications.
The best I can do is suggest going to the HPLIP support site and clicking the "Ask a Question" button.
I did take a look at the web interface of my own HP printer (OfficeJet Pro L7680) and did not see anything for configuring the types of messages the printer sends out.
The problem seems to be desktop-specific, or perhaps specific to the type of notification system used. I don't have any such notifications when I use Trinity on Slackware (I have a LJ 4200). I see the popups with Cinnamon and Mate on LMDE.
I don't get that HP system tray thingee on E17 (it errors out with "no system tray detected"). It appears in Fluxbox, which has minimal notification panel capabilities, but I don't get all the "print job completed" type messages.
My guess is that whatever function produces them is designed work with the most popular DEs and their libraries.
This is one of those problems that is a challenge to resolve. I don't know how everything is connected. I agree the messages likely are coming from the printer and the driver interface attempts to send those messages to the OS messaging system and the desktop must be designed to work with the OS messaging system.
My peave in all of this is how developers don't polish their work. There should be an easy way to configure any messaging system. I understand verbose printer messages in a business environment where the printer might be physically located far down the hall. In a home environment where the printer sits next to the user's desk?