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I installed WICD and it works fine, but the tray icon doesn't show. I've tried with wicd-client but only a notification shows up.

root@prat-VGN-NR21M-S:~# wicd-client
Has notifications support True
rename failed
Connecting to daemon...
displaytray True
Done loading.

In addition, under Kubuntu session the tray icon shows normally.

Thanks in advance.

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>>For Ubuntu 12.04 use ['All'] in desktop ➜ unity ➜ panel (delete all others) >> >>worked for me :) me2 thanks! bcm4321, bw43 driver. with off-the-dvd 12.04 32bit install, network-manager and iwlist were showing the available (visible) network list inconsistently, and rarely. – user195603 Sep 24 '13 at 5:28
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  1. Install the dconf-toolsInstall dconf-tools package and then open dconf Editor:

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  2. Navigate to desktop ➜ unity ➜ panel and add 'Wicd' to systray-whitelist :

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  3. Log out and then back in. You should see the wicd icon the panel:

    enter image description here

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Thank you, it worked great! – The_Prat Oct 19 '11 at 2:12
every day we have these questions. unity needs redesign, hiding stuff is really nonsense for me. – c0de Jan 2 '12 at 22:31
This answer did not work on 11.10 Unity. dconf changes are discarded and the default is used after logoff/logon – keepitsimpleengineer Jan 6 '12 at 0:42
This method does not seem to work on 13.10. How unfortunate. It could be that there is something to it in the startup applications. For example changing the WCID entry to wcid-gtk to wcid-client --no-tray. :/ – Zlatty Feb 9 '14 at 23:26
This method does not work for Ubuntu 14.04 and upwards. Ubuntu removed the whitelist option from dconf. – Babbzzz May 15 '15 at 7:28

For Ubuntu 12.04 use ['All'] in desktop ➜ unity ➜ panel (delete all others)

worked for me :)

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For Ubuntu 14.10, following the instructions here will get the WICD icon in the top panel.

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For Ubuntu 11.10 , this article claims that has a solution for 11.10. Cant try it now, though< br/> enter link description here


And the code of the script



gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist | head -c -2 > $TEMPFILE
echo -n ", 'Wicd']" >> $TEMPFILE
gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "`cat $TEMPFILE`"

A restart (login/out) is required, too.

The script should do the same thing that the proposed solution above does...

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The script indeed does the same thing, it adds Wicd to the white-list. But there is still no 'Wicd; icon in the system notification area. – keepitsimpleengineer Jan 16 '12 at 18:41

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