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I was trying to solve NetworkManager icon disappearence, and following some tips I executed this command:

rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel

Not only it didn't worked, but windows decorations disappeared as well (title, close button, etc) and who knows what else that I didn't noticed.

I found the other question about this issue, but I want a permanent solution... running metacity --replace fixes the issue until next login, and adding it to the startup commands sound lame. I want to undo the damage, not put duct tape over it.

Note: Ubuntu 10.10 with compiz

New (partial) solution:

gconftool --recursive-unset /apps/panel
rm -rf ~/.gconf/apps/panel
pkill gnome-panel

I don't know exactly what is being done here (removing a folder, killing a process), but my decorations and icons are back. It removed additional icons I had set on the panel, and may have disabled some compiz settings (I'm not sure about that, it could be earlier side effect of my various 'fixes'), nothing serious.

Unfortunately, on the next full restart, decorations missing again.

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I think you mean compiz --replace – Extender Oct 22 '10 at 3:16
No, it's metacity --replace indeed, I read it in the question I linked above. – mdrg Oct 22 '10 at 10:55
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Try reinstalling gnome panels

sudo apt-get install --reinstall gnome-panel

And for your Network manager applet problem if it isn't fixed yet, edit network manager conf

sudoedit /etc/NetworkManager/nm-system-settings.conf

and change managed=false to managed=true and then save the file. In the terminal type killall nm-system-settings and restart.

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Many thanks for your reply, I'll try it tonight. And further thanks for the extra fix for NetworkManager... it still vanishes sometimes. Hope I can make it stick once and for all! – mdrg Oct 22 '10 at 10:58
Thanks for your reinstall tip. It worked, but it seems that it made my shutdown icon disappear =( – mdrg Oct 23 '10 at 2:42
Did you try adding Indicator applet Sessions from add to panel ? – Open Help Oct 23 '10 at 6:51
I didn't knew of it, thanks for the info. But anyway, my decorations are missing again (see question). Man, I'm getting pissed! Can't I fix this once and for all??? – mdrg Oct 23 '10 at 12:18
Final try How to reset ubuntu/Gnome settings to default without loosing any data or reinstalling. Try this link… – Open Help Oct 25 '10 at 4:29

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