I posted a question a little while ago about the network icon no longer showing in the indicator applet after upgrading to maverick. After reading this post, I looked in synaptic to see if I was missing any of the indicators, and it showed that indicator-network wasn't installed, so I installed it. Restarted my computer, and now all my network devices are gone.

I removed the indicator applet from the panel, but still have AWN running, so I looked at the network icon there. When I click on it, instead of showing me all my wireless network options, all it shows is "No network devices available" (greyed out), and "VPN connections" with an available submenu of "Configure VPN".

When I open the Network Connections dialog through the System Preferences menu, it shows a list of connections accessed in the past, including the wireless network I want to be connected to (and which was connected as of 8 minutes ago.)

What did I do? As far as I know all I did was install an indicator icon, so why did it completely delete my network stuff? And more importantly, how can I get it back?

  • NEVER MIND - apparently adding the indicator-network also installed another package (connman, an Intel connection manager daemon) which conflicted with something or other. Once I uninstalled that, my network settings came back to normal.
    – EmmyS
    Dec 21, 2010 at 2:40
  • I'll leave an answer so this helps the next person. Dec 21, 2010 at 3:06

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indicator-network installs Connection Manager, which replaces network-manager.

This page on the wiki explains how to make them coexist by switching between them, or you can just remove connman.

  • Thanks for the wiki link; very good to know. Question, though - if I remove connman, will the indicator-network still work? I really prefer the original network manager tool to what I was able to see of the (apparently beta, according to the title bar) connection manager tool.
    – EmmyS
    Dec 21, 2010 at 15:11

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