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While I know related questions have been asked before, I have not found a satisfactory answer, especially not for versions of Unity >= 13.04.

When logging in remotely through VNC, Unity side/top bar missing.

Using vnc4server Ubuntu 13.10

Contents of ~/.vnc/xstartup:

#!/bin/sh

# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# unset SESSION_MANAGER
# exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
x-terminal-emulator -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
x-window-manager &

gnome-session & #--session=ubuntu (enabling this does not help)

contents of /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions:

gnome.session  ubuntu.session

I also notice that if I start another tty and type startx, I get the same result (deleting ~/.Xauthority does not help).

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