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Hello can anyone help me, my time on the menu bar has disappeared, one day I noticed it was gone, in system settings I do not have a time and date option either.

I am running Ubuntu 12.04, please help

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try initctl restart indicator-datetime,it will help restart the datetime indicator service. –  Momo Jun 22 '14 at 13:05

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For me, this make the clock, time, date come back to menu bar: killall unity-panel-service

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I just had this problem while I was also dealing with another bug to do with my keyboard layout changing spontaneously, and the fix for that also brought back my time and date display.

Try the following command:

sudo restart lightdm

Seemed to work for me, anyway. Hope this helps.

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Note that this will restart your current X session so all of your running programs will be terminated. You'll probably want to close everything you're working on before running this. –  Trey Hunner Dec 9 '13 at 18:35

You need to add the panel "indicator" for date and time back by running:

sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime

That will restore the time readout on the top panel for you.

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Perhaps you may find the answer you're looking here? Have a nice day.

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Hi, yes to a point, thanks, I now have the time and date option in system settings, unfortunately the time tab which i can access, all option on it are greyed out. Any advice? –  Dave Sep 11 '12 at 23:00
Well, not really. I thought that could do the job, but lets try asking, @WarriorIng64 Maybe he has some answer. If anything happens just let me know. Be safe. –  Santiago Sep 13 '12 at 5:19

I suggest that you repair the Unity and check if the issue is resolved. I had the same problem once and the following commands did the trick.

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/
setsid unity
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It means your chosen region is not matched to your local server.

To correct:

1/ set the time&date to your actual region (eg China)

2/ use synaptic to select the repository server for your actual region (eg China).

3/ reboot.

This should solve the issue. Recurrence may be caused by change in location, or change in server, or update/upgrade. If so, repeat the above.

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