Fixed in upstream commit:

commit 8d15294552b1b47888f16222db2cf1c17482faee
Author: Richard Hughes <>
Date:   Mon Sep 12 16:50:58 2016 +0100

    Only show the external installed notification on success

diff --git a/src/gs-page.c b/src/gs-page.c
index 852b7e3..8cce6e5 100644
--- a/src/gs-page.c
+++ b/src/gs-page.c
@@ -172,7 +172,7 @@ gs_page_app_installed_cb (GObject *source,
        /* only show this if the window is not active */
-       if (gs_app_get_state (helper->app) != AS_APP_STATE_QUEUED_FOR_INSTALL &&
+       if (gs_app_is_installed (helper->app) &&
            !gs_shell_is_active (priv->shell))
                gs_app_notify_installed (helper->app);

** Also affects: gnome-software (Ubuntu Yakkety)
   Importance: Medium
       Status: Triaged

** Also affects: gnome-software (Ubuntu Xenial)
   Importance: Undecided
       Status: New

** Changed in: gnome-software (Ubuntu Xenial)
       Status: New => Triaged

** Changed in: gnome-software (Ubuntu Xenial)
   Importance: Undecided => Low

** Changed in: gnome-software (Ubuntu Yakkety)
   Importance: Medium => Low

** Changed in: gnome-software (Ubuntu Yakkety)
       Status: Triaged => Fix Committed

** Changed in: gnome-software (Ubuntu Yakkety)
     Assignee: (unassigned) => Robert Ancell (robert-ancell)

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  notify-send shows "application has been installed" even when
  authenticate window is cancelled

Status in gnome-software package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Committed
Status in gnome-software source package in Xenial:
Status in gnome-software source package in Yakkety:
  Fix Committed

Bug description:
  $  lsb_release -rd
  Description:  Ubuntu Xenial Xerus (development branch)
  Release:      16.04

  $  apt-cache policy gnome-software
    Instalados: 3.20.1~git20160331.78d1aab-0ubuntu2
    Candidato:  3.20.1~git20160331.78d1aab-0ubuntu2
    Tabla de versiĆ³n:
   *** 3.20.1~git20160331.78d1aab-0ubuntu2 500
          500 xenial/main amd64 Packages
          100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

  Steps to reproduce:
  1. Open gnome-software. Search for any non-installed program.
  2. Click on "Install"
  3. On authenticate window, don't enter a password. Simply Cancel.

  Expected result:
  A message showing the authentication was refused, or the application couldn't 
be installed

  Current result:
  A notification "ProgramX has been installed"

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
  Package: gnome-software
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-18.34-generic 4.4.6
  Uname: Linux 4.4.0-18-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu1
  Architecture: amd64
  CurrentDesktop: Unity
  Date: Mon Apr 11 10:38:08 2016
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2016-03-27 (14 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" - Beta amd64 (20160323)
  SourcePackage: gnome-software
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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