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Postby luguercio » 2017-08-03 16:39

I'm using Debian Testing up-to-date with gnome and once in a while i'm getting notifications about news posts on the site FOSS Post. I'm wondering what i could have installed that does this, but nothing comes to mind. Maybe some kind of malware does this?. I'm not really sure :?
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby dasein » 2017-08-03 17:22

I can certainly understand your aversion to receiving notices from "FOSS Post." The site is fact-free, poorly written, and its content looks to be mostly plagiarized from other Web sites.

But malware? Hardly.

Getting rid of the notices is going to depend on what app is displaying them in the first place, a point you neglected to address in your initial post..
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby luguercio » 2017-08-04 15:43

I don't know that app, as the notification just last a few seconds and dissapears, so i don't really know. It appeared 2 times, and i think that when i clicked on it, it opened the web browser. I thought that somebody would have experienced the same thing. I will be more aware next time
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby dasein » 2017-08-04 16:17

At the risk of pointing out the obvious, there's no way to stop the display without knowing what's behind it.

If you are deeply bothered by the notices, here's a wild thought that may or may not work. Execute:
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cd
grep -Ri fosspost *

This command will search every file in your home directory for any instance of "fosspost" and will display the name(s) of any file(s) containing the string. Knowing the name of the config file may get you one step closer to figuring out which app is displaying the notices.
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby luguercio » 2017-08-05 16:02

Thanks, but it doesn't show anything.
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby dasein » 2017-08-05 17:49

luguercio wrote:Thanks, but it doesn't show anything.

Hmmmm. That's odd.

Further thought required.

In the meantime, try to pay attention to what apps you're running when these notices appear.
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby pendrachken » 2017-08-05 23:21

Sounds like either a default installed shell extension or GNOME going further braindead ( amazing how they can hit rock bottom and just keep digging) and baking stuff in by default.



Check installed shell extensions, and default RSS feeds for any type of aggregators that may be installed.
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby stevepusser » 2017-08-06 19:57

I notice many websites on Firefox or other browsers ask if it's OK to set up notifications if I visit them. If the website is sleazy, maybe they didn't ask permission, or another sleazy site set it up. Can you recall ever going to that site?
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby dasein » 2017-08-06 20:16

This question is exactly why I'd like to know what's running when the notice appears.

My first (and admittedly ham-handed) thought was that if it was something like Firefox or an RSS reader, then there would necessarily be a config file someplace with the string "fosspost" in it. No such luck. :-(
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby debiman » 2017-08-08 06:20

i bet on the browser, too.
i think it's possible (and enabled by default?) to globally allow sending notifications with newer firefox versions.

or maybe the grep would have to have been like this:
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grep -REi 'foss*post'
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby Danielsan » 2017-08-12 03:24

dasein wrote:I can certainly understand your aversion to receiving notices from "FOSS Post." The site is fact-free, poorly written, and its content looks to be mostly plagiarized from other Web sites...


I am totally agree with you, unfortunatelly there are other blogs that use the acronyms foss and are even worst, with the pitiful level of their article they are changing the meaning of foss in something totally silly.
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Re: FOSS Post Notification

Postby luguercio » 2017-08-13 15:39

i don't have any shell extension installed, maybe it's firefox, but this generally happens when i start my computer and i don't really remember if all times firefox was running. Even if it's firefox, i don't have any extension enabled and it did it anyway. So, i don't really know... :?
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