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So I have looked online (believe it or not) and I can't seem to find anything to help me with my issue. My clock just disappeared. Here's a screenshot!

disappeared clock

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I had the same experience after upgrading from 13.04 to 13.10. It's one of the reasons why I'm not longer on 13.10. –  user85164 Oct 20 '13 at 21:06
This is NOT a duplicate of the said question. This is not happening in Gnome, but in Unity. FWIW, restarting unity brought it back in my case. –  Mladen Jablanović Jan 21 '14 at 11:47

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Similar thing happened to me after upgrade to 13.10. I found that this bug describes it: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/indicator-datetime/+bug/1237361

I have it solved now, not sure if by installing system updates, by changing all related attributes in dconf-editor for node


or just by restarting unity (Alt+F2 -> "unity --replace") as commenter in above mentioned bug said it may help.

So maybe try to play a bit with settings and then trying restarting unity would not be a bad idea either.

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(Dunno how this got marked as a duplicate — Unity ≠ Gnome.) Replacing unity can cause the window manager to fail, so you get windows without controls that you can't move or close. I've had the most success with sudo killall unity-panel-service, which reinstates the clock immediately. –  scruss Feb 5 '14 at 13:40
for me, unity --replace was enough. thanks for that! –  andreas-h Feb 21 '14 at 9:11
@scruss, you don't need the sudo. You can just run killall unity-panel-service as described in the bug, No clock in menu bar and can't edit Clock settings. –  Don Kirkby Jun 17 '14 at 17:54
thank you very much, it helped me .... :) –  rashed azad Jan 3 at 11:34

It's possible that it got uninstalled (most probably when you were trying to uninstall some other indicators). Try

sudo apt-get install indicator-datetime

Then recheck your Clock settings. That should hopefully be the problem

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Why the downvote? –  asymptotically Oct 20 '13 at 21:06

For me check the clock settings solved the problem.. actually "Show a clock in the menu bar" was already checked, I had to uncecheck it, close the settings, reopen the settings, checked this option back and finally it worked.

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It would have been good if you said where the clock settings were –  Anake Jan 7 '14 at 19:43
@Anake: "System settings" -> "Time & Date" -> "Clock". –  Antonello Jan 8 '14 at 7:38

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