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?


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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 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 '20 at 3:11

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