I have a Lubuntu (now 14.04) installation. Recently, I logged in to find that the Wi-Fi icon had disappeared, and there was some sort of a keyboard icon in it's place. I have restarted multiple times, but it doesn't fix it. I can't find the same applet in the panel settings, and resetting the panel didn't help. When I try to manually start nm-applet, it starts, but prints a bunch of warnings to the console:

nm-applet-Message: using fallback from indicator to GtkStatusIcon

It then starts, using ugly icons for the Wi-Fi connectivity symbol.

What do I need to do to make it start correctly? Once it starts, why isn't it using the right icons?


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To fix the Network Manager not showing up on the panel issue, from the Lubuntu menu select Preferences > Default applications for LXSession, then click on the Autostart tab and under "Manual autostarted applications" type "nm-applet", then click the "+ Add" button on the left:

Now log out, log back in and you should see the Network Manager icon on the panel: http://www.webupd8.org/2014/04/fix-lubuntu-1404-network-manager.html

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  • I was thinking about that, but if it's not working, isn't that just a patch, and not a fix? I think the problem isn't that it's not being run, but that it's failing and exiting when it's run. What normally runs it? Is it just listed in the startup list?
    – Wasabi Fan
    Apr 20, 2014 at 20:21
  • What does this command tell you? ps aux | grep nm-apple that will let you know if it is running, but what I posted in my answer is a fix to a bug issue with lubuntu 14.04 where nm-applet does not show in the panel
    – Wild Man
    Apr 20, 2014 at 20:24
  • OK... is this really a problem with Trusty? I had assumed I screwed something up. I'll test this as soon as it finishes what it's installing.
    – Wasabi Fan
    Apr 20, 2014 at 20:43
  • I just tested this, and it got it to show up. But the icon still looks wrong; why can't it find the right icons?
    – Wasabi Fan
    Apr 20, 2014 at 21:00
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    @Timo, I have not used lubuntu in quite sometime so I asked a friend of mine that is heavily involved with lubuntu and he said that it does not apply past 18.04/LXDE, this is the friend. askubuntu.com/users/469152/guiverc
    – Wild Man
    Sep 22, 2020 at 3:11

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