Wednesday, April 17, 2013

[SOLVED] Network icon missing from Xfce's panel

Symptom

The network manager icon is missing from Xfce's panel.

Fix

First, we need to install the package network-manager-gnome; open a terminal window and run:

sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome -y

Now, make sure you have in your startup a entry with "Network" as its name and "nm-applet" as its command. See this if you need assistance in adding applications to session's startup.

21 comments:

  1. Wow thanks it work great!!!!
    I love your site. I bookmark it right away,
    I would like to see the top ten programs that you use and what do they do :)
    Thanks for your great support :)

    -Starkiller

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    1. Thanks for you encouraging words.

      Though I use very nice programs (many thanks to the developers) there's nothing special about the usage I give to them, but there is the list (not in any particular order):

      Chrome/Chromium - web browsing
      Clementine - list to my MP3 collection and internet radio
      xfce4-terminal - command line administration
      MyPaint/Krita - drawing and painting (I spend a lot of time with these)
      Evince/FBReader - read documents, books, etc...
      gVim - plain text editing and coding (for bigger programming projects I use Netbeans)
      diodon - clipboard management
      keepassx - password management

      Then I use some shell scripts that I wrote for automating some mundane tasks.

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  2. -Starkiller if network-manager-gnome was missing from your system, chances are there is something seriously wrong; I haven't found a single update / upgrade instance where this was true. Just fyi. ;) :)

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    1. I wrote this article because it happened to me, though I don't know what caused the problem.

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    2. hi my network manager gnome eas allready installed.but notification area in xfce panel is greayed out .thats why icon is still missing .pls help me

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    3. What do you mean by "greayed out"?

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    4. panel->add new items->notification area (grayed out)

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    5. Add an "Indicator Plugin" instead.

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  3. Still doesn't work :( it was already installed (and reinstalled just in case) network-manager-gnome_0.9.8.0-1ubuntu5_amd64.deb then I followed this steps http://xubuntugeek.blogspot.pt/2011/12/add-application-to-xfcexubuntu-session.html it was already there but i even make another entry with the same command and a different name but it doesn't work either. Still don't show even the option of adding the network manager applet al xfce (from the repos ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.10 and ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12) Any help will be very appreciated!

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    1. Please, open a terminal window and run the command "nm-applet", then tell me what happens.

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  4. kike@NEGRO:~$ nm-applet

    ** (nm-applet:3030): WARNING **: Couldn't connect to accessibility bus: Failed to connect to socket /tmp/dbus-WCkGXvmrtk: Conexión rehusada
    ** Message: applet now removed from the notification area
    ** Message: using fallback from indicator to GtkStatusIcon

    Stucks there until I press CTRL+C then

    ^C** Message: PID 0 (we are 3030) sent signal 2, shutting down...
    kike@NEGRO:~$


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    1. Please make sure that network manager is running:
      sudo service networking restart

      And also make sure that Xfce Panel has an Indicator Plugin.

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  5. After upgrade to 13.04 both skype and nm-applet icons are missing, no solution from web works (I already have sni-qt, sni-qt:i386, libappindicator1). Any other ideas?

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    1. Have you tried another icon theme? It might seem a dumb suggestion but I've seen icons disappear because the icon theme is incomplete.

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    2. Yep. Tried them all. When the icons are missing you still have the space there and I don't have this. Seems that there are a lot of bugs reported in various places about this in 14.04.

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  6. April 12, 2015: the applet disappeared 2-3 days ago with an update. It is checked in Menu>Settings Manager>Session and Startup>Application Autostart; hovering the mouse confirms the command nm-applet. If I type nm-applet in the terminal, I see no text; ctrl-C brings up
    "^Cnm-applet-Message: PID 0 (we are 3823) sent signal 2, shutting down...

    (nm-applet:3823): GLib-CRITICAL **: Source ID 228 was not found when attempting to remove it"

    If I restart networking, it says it's already running.
    If I start the network manager from the main menu, the dialog is missing the "Connections" tab.

    At this point I can not use Wi-Fi and have to have an available Ethernet port to get online. Any ideas? I am running Ubuntu Studio 14.04 on a Lenovo ThinkPad T510.

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    1. Since installing network-manager-gnome didn't work, I don't have any idea on how to get the icon back. However, I can help connect to the wireless network, using this command:

      nmcli c up uuid

      You can find the UUID value using this command:

      nmcli c

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    2. nmcli c fails to list the most recent connection; it does list connectios months and years old. nmcli dev list can see one of the networks I used to use, but I can't figure out how to connect to it.

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  7. Have the network icon on the guest session in xubuntu, but can not find how to reinstall, after deleting it in my normal session. Honestly don t get why is so complicated. I can see the net is connecting or not by the messages, but how can i reinstall the icon in the freakin panel? people hack banks but no one seems to know how to add an icon. Can anyone help?

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    1. Do you have an indicator plugin added to the Xfce's panel?

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