Upgrade from 14.04 went otherwise flawlessly. All my existing wifi connections still connect without problem, however if I were looking for a new connection or wanted to get network information I would use the indicator. After my upgrade to 16.04 there is no longer an indicator. What am I missing?

ps shows

3086 ? 00:00:00 nm-applet 

If I kill 3086 and type in nm-applet to restart, nothing happens, no output, no command prompt back.

I also realized that the two systems I have that had the same problem had something in common that wasn't true on the other 5 systems I upgraded. The problematic systems both had ClassicMenu Indicator installed. Could be a complete red herring but it also may be evidence.

  • @steeldriver Found it askubuntu.com/questions/537198/nm-applet-not-running-on-startup I never would have without your hint that it was called nm-applet. If you want to answer referencing this question I'll accept it, otherwise I'll answer myself in a day or so. – Dennis Aug 23 '16 at 19:32
  • Feel free to go ahead and post/accept your own answer - I don't know enough detail to post one myself – steeldriver Aug 23 '16 at 19:41

This answer was marked as a duplicate but was closer to my experience than the original and the only answer given solved the problem.

nm-applet not running on startup

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-complete

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