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As the question's title says, I have no Panel when I re-start Ubuntu. It happened after I selected "Automatically remember running applications when logging off" in System-- Preferences-- Startup Applications-- Options.

I can manually start it via (gnome-panel &) in the Terminal, bur aside from that, it refuses to start iself. (I've since disabled "Remember Applications wehen logging off")

How can I get it working normally again?

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Try typing the following in your terminal gconftool-2 --shutdown rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel pkill gnome-panel – karthick87 Jan 4 '11 at 11:12
I tried your suggestion (after making a backup of the ~/.gconf) .. and it is still not working... I think the problem may lie with "Remember Currently Running Applications”, because 2 Nautilus windows popped up on re-boot... (and I have another strange thing happening today re: logging on to AskUbuntu..(co-incidentally(?)"... but that may be something else ) ... – Peter.O Jan 4 '11 at 11:41
PS. (to rule out any connection...) The AskUbuntu Openid login-validation problem, is related to the No-Script plugin for Firefox . I set up NoScript (with an identical profile) in a VM and I got the same "hanging on validation" problem.. I think the latest NoScript came out only a day or so ago ... – Peter.O Jan 4 '11 at 12:46
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Maybe one day it will become clear what is causing this failure of the Panel to auto-start, but for today, I've arrived at an effective workaround.

It is simply a matter of adding the command gnome-panel to my list of Startup Applications.

It works.

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I've got a .desktop file for gnome-panel in .config/gnome-session/saved-session/:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Launch other applications and provide various utilities to manage windows, show the time, etc.
Exec=gnome-panel --sm-client-id 106bc2a27699861047128897536027503000000020640058

Might be worth looking at your saved-session to see if it is there at all.

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