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So a couple of weeks ago my network manager icon stopped appearing; I still get automatically connected to my saved networks and the internet works fine, etc. If I go into System Settings and look at the Network settings I can still see all the networks, only the icon that's normal in the top bar is missing.

I have no idea what caused this, I don't remember installing anything. I think it just happened after a regular update.

I tried these commands to make sure I was properly up-to-date (which I found on another forum post)

sudo apt-get -f install
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

That didn't do it so I found this post: Network manager indicator missing I followed the instructions in those answers;

sudo apt-get purge network-manager-gnome && sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome

And, quoted from an answer there:

Add nm-applet to the Startup Applications (which may be found by entering "Startup Applications" in the Dash).

I restarted and then saw no Unity interface at all! So I tried those 3 commands above to update again and thankfully that fixed Unity but I still don't have my network manager.

If I try the command nm-applet in a terminal it says:

nm-applet-Message: using fallback from indicator to GtkStatusIcon

So.... I'm pretty much stumped. Any help would be appreciated.

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This has been an extremely annoying issue and, although I see a handful of other occurrences reported around the net, no one seems to have a good solution. I'm on the verge of doing a clean reinstall of Ubuntu over this. That's a lot of my time to backup what I need, reinstall, and then reinstall all of the apps and packages I use. Is there no way to repair this issue? –  Zuko Aug 25 at 1:27
    

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I was able to fix it by changing nm-applet to launch with dbus-launch nm-applet. To see if this will work for you, try running dbus-launch nm-applet and see if that shows up properly. To make the fix permanent, I edited /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop and changed

Exec=nm-applet

to

Exec=dbus-launch nm-applet
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Unrelated, but my battery indicator actually ended up disappearing too... no idea why. But, because of these issues and wanting to make my Ubuntu partition much bigger, I reinstalled. (I almost never use Windows on my laptop anymore :) ) I am accepting this answer in case in helps anyone in the future, but note, I never got the chance to try it. –  Zuko Dec 12 at 0:44

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