Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I just moved to Ubuntu Unity and found my Indicators missing (11.04)

enter image description here

Also I have tried Installing Ubuntu 11.10 CLI (using Alternate CD), then install --no-install-recommends ubuntu-desktop. I remember all indicators are missing.

I think those I want are:

  • Network
  • Clock
  • Session (to shutdown)
  • Email (ThunderBird & Chat in 11.10)
  • Synapse
  • Dropbox
  • Lookit

For 11.04 and 11.10 how can I get back my indicators? For 11.04, I have those indicators when using Ubuntu Classic so is there some conflict or something?

share|improve this question

I believe this is the result of the --no-install-recommends option you used. Installing a matapackage usually requires all of its dependencies, including the recommended, otherwise some features will be missing. If you want to use Unity, install it, on the other hand, if you want a minimal setup, use LXDE.

share|improve this answer
Yes so what am I missing? Like the required packages. Looking at the packages and, I don't really see what I might need. For example, I think the shutdown indicator is indicator-session but I don't see that as a package – Jiew Meng Oct 16 '11 at 1:43
Here you go Not every package directly depends on ubuntu-desktop, some may depend on the packages ubuntu-desktop pulls in. – mikewhatever Oct 16 '11 at 2:06

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.