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I'm using Ubuntu 18.04 and I was getting issues with duplicate application indicators in my top panel in Xfce. I was instructed to remove indicator-applications to fix the problem, but now xfce4-indicator-plugin is showing a "No indicators" message in the panel which is unnecessarily taking up space. How should I fix this?

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This appears to be due to this bug: Long message when all indicators are hidden.

Evidently xfce4-indicator-plugin will show this message whenever no packages are installed that make use of it. In my case I hit the bug after uninstalling indicator-messages, which comes preinstalled with Xubuntu 18.04 but I didn't want, so I uninstalled xfce4-indicator-plugin and restarted the panel:

sudo apt remove xfce4-indicator-plugin
xfce4-panel -r

A couple alternative solutions:

  • Remove Indicator Plugin from the panel

    Right-click in the panel > Panel > Panel Preferences > Items > select Indicator Plugin > Remove

  • Or install at least one package which uses xfce4-indicator-plugin, for example:

    • indicator-application
    • indicator-messages
    • indicator-power
    • indicator-printers
    • indicator-sound

Source: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xfce4-indicator-plugin/+bug/1801724/comments/7

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  • in my case, uninstalling and installing back did the trick – Orhan G. Hafif Dec 10 '19 at 18:19

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