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I recently installed ubuntu 12.10 and it seems as though my clock is missing. I also don't see any options for date/time in the system settings panel.

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Am I missing something? Again this is with Unity.

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in my case it was running but bugged, I could not change settings and so; I did pkill -f indicator-datetime and it instantly worked again! – Aquarius Power Jun 4 '14 at 23:52
@AquariusPower This worked for me as well too under 14.04 LTS. Thanks – seb Jun 17 '14 at 10:00
That worked for me also under 14.04. I guess the clock is just buggy. – FuzzyToothpaste Aug 31 '14 at 15:33
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This could be one of two things, either the clock isn't installed, or a setting has been flipped to turn it off.

First make sure the clock is installed by making sure indicator-datetime is installed:

Install via the software center

Then log out and back in. If it's already installed and it's still not showing up, try the options here:

If that still doesn't work update your question with the results, thanks!

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Thanks for the hints! A simple sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime fixed the problem! – Brian Dec 1 '12 at 23:38

As per the comments above I've fixed this issue on my brand new 14.04 LTS installation by running.

$ pkill -f indicator-datetime-service

The clock came straight back.

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interesting, none of the other tips worked for me, this did. thx. – towi Jul 3 '14 at 7:35
This worked for me too, thanks. – AzaraT Jul 10 '14 at 12:01
This should be the accepted answer. (At least if the question were for 14.04.4 LTS.) – Peterino Apr 19 at 20:31

Open a terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T), then run the following:

killall unity-panel-service

This command should reset the panel, and hopefully reactivate the clock indicator.

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To make it more convinient you can also create an alias in ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_aliases. alias restart-clock="killall unity-panel-service" – sobi3ch Mar 14 '15 at 11:32
worked.. thanks! – Rishi Dua Mar 24 '15 at 11:47
sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime

and logout/login.

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Worked for me:

sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime
sudo dpkg-reconfigure --frontend noninteractive tzdata
sudo killall unity-panel-service


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No need for sudo before killall. – Mladen Jablanović Mar 6 '14 at 11:40
In my case killall unity-panel-service was enough to bring the clock back. – Luís de Sousa Jul 13 '14 at 10:01
Also works on Ubuntu 14.04. – Luís de Sousa Jan 16 '15 at 13:54

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