nm-applet problems with (X)Ubuntu 7.04
Following on from the fun I’ve been having getting wireless cards working under Ubuntu (or Linux in general for that matter) I found a bit of a glitch in the 7.04 install I’m running on my laptop. So a matter of days before the release of 7.10 I’m beating 7.04 into submission! The story goes a little like this:
After using a pretty standard Ubuntu install with Gnome for a while I decided to switch back to my preferred XFCE desktop. This was fairly straightforward, although the xubuntu-desktop package pulled in a few things I didn’t want, so I used it to populate the new install list (in Synaptic) and then trimmed the packages I didn’t want (mainly the office applications since I prefer to stick with OpenOffice). One thing I noted after making the switch back was that there was no Network Manager applet running, and a quick check of the package details seemed to indicate that it was part of Gnome, so I decided to look elsewhere for an equivalent. I experimented briefly with Wicd, but whilst doing that I found out that, although Network Manager is part of Gnome it is pretty free of Gnome dependencies and is largely independent, so I decided to switch back. Having done that I needed to look for a way of getting the applet running. This seemed simple enough, I just needed to add an entry into the Autostarted applications list as accessed from Applications -> Settings. Having done this all seemed well until, after a few reboots I noticed that I had multiple copies of the nm-applet in the panel – oops!
After a bit of digging around my file system in directories like /etc and ~/.config with the grep command I finally came up with some likely files, mainly /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop. Then with a bit of help from Google I came up with a couple of good references, mainly a bug report for Ubuntu , a reference on the Ubuntu forums  and another discussion linked from there . With the aid of those and a bit of experimentation I came up with the following fix:
- First off I got rid of all the nm-applet instances running with pkill nm-applet
- Next I got rid of my hand installed autostart entry for the nm-applet, so to do this I deleted the file ~/.config/autostart/nm-applet.desktop
- Then I made an edit to the system wide autostart entry for nm-applet, for this I need to change a line in the /etc/xdg/autostart/nm-applet.desktop
file from OnlyShowIn=GNOME; to OnlyShowIn=GNOME;XFCE;. This lets the nm-applet configuration show in the Autostarted applications utility when you’re running XFCE.
- Finally I needed to clear out any information relating to nm-applet in the cached sessions. This was a case of editing two files in the ~/.cache/sessions/ directory.
- These were xfce4-session-dusky:0 and xfce4-session-dusky:0.bak dusky is the name of my machine, so your files will have your machine name instead).
- These files have a number of lines, the majority of which are grouped with the prefix Client0, Client1, etc., so I looked for the groups with an entry for CloneCommand of nm-applet and removed the groups.
- I then had to renumber the Client groups so they were consecutive again starting at 0 and amend the Count entry towards the end of the file to match the number of groups I had (so one more than the last number used, remembering that you started at 0!).
it enabled again.
All now appears fine with just a single nm-applet on my panel.