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Message 71117 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 17:18:55 UTC

Is there a way to disable/remove/hide the BOINC Manager system tray? I have BOINC Manager version 7.6.33. My desktop environment is GNOME 3. My distribution is Parabola GNU/Linux-libre.
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Message 71119 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 17:44:12 UTC - in response to Message 71117.  

BOINC Manager->Options->More options->uncheck "Run Manager at login?" will stop running and showing BOINC Manager. You'll still have to start the client to be able to run work.
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Message 71123 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 20:52:41 UTC - in response to Message 71119.  

I can't find the option you indicated, either in simple view or advanced view...
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Message 71124 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 21:00:07 UTC - in response to Message 71123.  

I can't find the option you indicated, either in simple view or advanced view...

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Message 71125 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 21:09:00 UTC - in response to Message 71124.  

That's really strange, I don't have that option... http://imgur.com/a/0mHYH
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Message 71126 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 21:29:53 UTC - in response to Message 71125.  

Hmm, okay, but how do you start BOINC?
If through a start-up script, can't you just delete the line that starts BOINC Manager, or remark it out?
None of the Linux versions of BOINC starts the client when you start the manager, so in essence you don't need to start the manager at all.
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Message 71127 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 21:36:51 UTC - in response to Message 71126.  

The BOINC service is started via systemd. But that doesn't also start BOINC Manager. It is me who starts BOINC Manager. This is not the problem. My problem is that when I manually start BOINC Manager an icon gets added to the GNOME system tray, which I prefer to disable. Perhaps I should file a bug and ask developer to implement this feature. But first I wanted to be sure there wasn't already an obvious way to accomplish this.
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Message 71128 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 21:50:43 UTC - in response to Message 71127.  

How else will you recognize that BOINC Manager (BM) is running when it doesn't have an icon? In all of the operating systems it'll put the icon in the system tray, you can then just click the red-x for it to minimize to there.

As far as I know, the only way to not have the BM icon show up is to just not run BM. You can also use the BOINCcmd tool from terminal to command and control BOINC. This tool doesn't leave an icon anywhere.
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Message 71129 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 21:51:41 UTC - in response to Message 71127.  

I'm a Windows user, and I don't know the Gnome interface at all, but...

Doesn't every application that you open manually display an icon in the system tray? Isn't that what it's for?

Does Gnome have a control equivalent to Windows (ver 7 and up), whereby 'Notification Area Icons' (their new name for the system tray) can be set to 'Only show notifications', as distinct from 'Show icon and notifications'? The former keeps the icons invisible unless there is a need to attract the user's attention, and is normal for a program like BOINC Manager which is normally run minimised.
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Message 71130 - Posted: 1 Aug 2016, 21:56:19 UTC

Thinking about Jord's (and my) answer, applications which are designed purely to be 'user-interactive', like a word processor, show their icons on the task bar only. Applications which represent processes which continue in the background - like BOINC - are the only ones which appear in the system tray.
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Message 71132 - Posted: 2 Aug 2016, 6:47:58 UTC

Almost every application I use doesn't use a system tray. The only applications that use a system tray that can't be disabled are Bitcoin Core and BOINC Manager.

I'd like to launch BOINC Manager, move the window to the last GNOME workspace, and keep it there. If I don't need BOINC Manager anymore then the only thing I should need to do is going to that workspace and closing the window.

I think only Windows users need a system tray icon because Windows doesn't offer workspaces as far as I know. But virtually every desktop environment or window manager on Linux offer the workspaces concept, making any system tray icon obsolete.
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Message 71135 - Posted: 2 Aug 2016, 8:46:23 UTC - in response to Message 71132.  
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Out of the box Windows does not have workspaces, but MS SystemInternals e.g has had one for long and mine is set to 4. Also, on windows you can show or hide systray icons, meaning when hidden you have to hit the show hidden icon to see what running in 'background'. Not tried, but W10 now has in-build workspaces [virtual desktops], i.e the Systeminternals app i could drop.

Oddly with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Unity interface had to do some tweaking before a BM icon would show on the status bar (top). Else if BM is loaded, it would only show on the Launch bar.

(If not for you, for other readers)
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Message 71136 - Posted: 2 Aug 2016, 9:34:56 UTC

I just sent a feature request to BOINC developers David P. Anderson and ​Rom Walton.
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Message 71154 - Posted: 2 Aug 2016, 19:29:22 UTC

I found BOINC on GitHub and filed a bug there, too.
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