lost my sticky note

After I dumped a long message on my Gnome sticky note that I’ve had for maybe a year or 2, I got a message saying it crashed and did I want to restart. DIdin’t since figured it’ll just come up when rebooted. But Ubuntu apparently uninstalls programs that crashed badly, and that’s what seems to have happened. Doesn’t show it installed on Synaptic or Ubuntu Software. Had Opera mysteriously uninstall too, though might have deleted PPA with Tweak. But I had a ton of info and links on that stickynote that I really want to get back. In the list of files related to sticky note, can’t find executable, and only new one from 2013 is:


(Shaun McCance)(Angela Boyle)(Loban Rahman)(Davyd Madeley)(GNOME Documentation Project)Sticky Notes ManualMay 2003
Sticky Notes enables you to create, view, and manage sticky notes on your desktop.
user’s guide

As far as I know, “Sticky Notes” is a plugin that’s part of the “Screenlets” applets.

What’s the output from:

dpkg | grep screenlet

And where do you usually open “Sticky Notes” from ?

Distro/version/architecture/desktop environment … would also come in handy :wink:

$ dpkg | grep screenlet
dpkg: need an action option

Type dpkg --help for help about installing and deinstalling packages [*];
Use dselect' or aptitude’ for user-friendly package management;
Type dpkg -Dhelp for a list of dpkg debug flag values;
Type dpkg --force-help for a list of forcing options;
Type dpkg-deb --help for help about manipulating .deb files;
Type dpkg --license for copyright license and lack of warranty (GNU GPL) [

Options marked [*] produce a lot of output - pipe it through less' or more’ !

I don’t usually open it- it is sticky- always on right side of screen to copy Urls, phrases etc for last 2 years. Wnen you you tried to close all windows, it would warn- if you close this, you will erase it (slightly tragic). But I think in accessories. Also had installed Tomboy Note, but isn’t persistent, and they say that sucks alot of resources, so haven 't used it. Does Gnome do any automatic backup somewhere?

Ooops, my mistake … what’s the output from:

dpkg -l | grep screenlet


Absolutely nothing. Just returns the same prompt.

try reinstalling screenlets:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall screenlets

OK. Now output is:

ii screenlets 0.1.2-7ubuntu1 Widget-like mini-applications for GNOME

Yeh, but is the “sticky notes” screenlet now available ?

Not exactly, but Notes is. Small yellow thing, not what I had. What I was most concerned with was getting back the info in it- can always reinstall some sticky note.

OK get rid of it and reinstall whatever you were using

I was asking where that info (my info) might still be? Do these sticky things make a backup? According to the boards, screenlets are very heavy on resources, and it looks like I got 30-45meg of screenlet Python resource use now without anything installed. Was just looking for simple light auto-opening note that’s always there for copying anything. Actually really would like to hold 10 copy-paste items simultaneously.

Which distro/version/desktop ?

Do you know the name of the stickynotes application ? … tomboy ? … or was it something you added ?

And can we define the issue more clearly …

is the stick notes application you were using still working ? … so you’re just saying you’ve lost “a” note ?


Are you saying the sticky notes application is no longer working at all ? … and you want to know how to reinstall it, and where it stores the notes ?

Yes, it doesn’t work at all, doesn’t show up in applications- I found a few files, but the only new file “sticky note” (2013) I listed the contents of in the first post (presumably updated contents would be new). All others are from 2010-2012 . I think it was called Gnome Stickynote or Note, sorry- since it doesn’t show up anywhere (like Synaptic or Software), I don’t know, but it was a light simple always present note that I used to store alot.

Do you want to answer my first question …

and confirm it came pre-installed … so I can try to find out what it was, how to re-install it, and where it stores its notes,

Ubuntu 10.4.1 Gnome w all updates
I installed it, it wasn’t preinstalled, as a stand alone program

So what was it called ? … you’re not giving me any clues that will steer me to the specific application, and without knowing that I can’t find out where it stores the notes.


I think Mako might be talking about (in first post) the Gnome2 version of Sticky Notes (Ubuntu 10.04)

cat ~/.gnome2/stickynotes_applet

This should show the content of the data file (xml).
Apparently Tomboy can import this data.

Yeah, that’s it, thanks. Though it has truncated the top of the note. How do I reinstall it?

According to this page it looks like it is part of the gnome-applets package.

To re-install (but I would try to re add it to the panel first):

sudo apt-get install gnome-applets

Then to add to the panel, right click on the place you want the Sticky notes applet to appear, select Add to panel…, Sticky notes.
It will appear as a yellow icon that looks like a block of post-it notes.

Great. Thanks. It’s back. Completely forgot where and how you got those applets. Duh. Thought it was relatively simple, but then sometimes so am I.