After upgrading from 13.10 to 14.04 LTS, the Network menu in my global menu bar has disappeared. I haven't been able to find any documentation outlining how to debug system menu items. How do I get this menu item back?

Another issue that may be a symptom of the same problem is that the "Options" button under the wired networking preferences pane no longer does anything.

I've checked that indicator-network is installed.

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    See if the package indicator-network is installed and then update your question, thanks! Apr 30, 2014 at 15:38
  • Note that this might happen when you connect via VNC. Your vnc startup script might not work correctly and that is why you don't see network menu and cannot run nm-applet as a normal user. Try connecting directly to check if that is the problem
    – Nux
    Oct 7, 2019 at 19:34

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Here is a link for the same issue with Lubuntu,may be of some help http://www.webupd8.org/2014/04/fix-lubuntu-1404-network-manager.html

  • Thanks, that was able to help me figure out the issue. I needed to reinstall the package network-manager-gnome, it was somehow removed during the system upgrade.
    – sensae
    May 6, 2014 at 9:24

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