Kermit goes nuts

Tenerife day 4

After multiple strokes of bad luck, like hitting his head on the doorpost and having to get four stitches, and the plane being delayed by 13 hours because of a hurricane, Plym arrived at Tenerife this morning around eight. And as he had slept on the plane (how does he do that?) he felt chipper and wanted to go along for a dive. I love it when a plan comes together.

On the downside, I kind of broke Digit. Well no, he's not broken, I just made the Network Manager disappear from the panel and I can't seem to get it back. I've been trying for as long as my patience would let me but I just get frustrated to no end. Right-clicking on the panel and choosing results in a long list of things that can be added to the panel, but the Network Manager isn't in it. The help file tells me that the Network Manager can be found on the panel, but it doesn't say where to find it when you sort of accidentally made it disappear. Searching results in a long list of files that have network in the name, some of them are even called Network Manager, there are x-executables called Network Manager in several different places, but I can't seem to figure out which one I need. This long list of almosts just really gets me frustrated.

I can hear three questions: 1: Why do I need it? It's the applet that easily manages my network connections, I can open it, choose a network within range, enter the password and yay! I'm online. When it's on the panel, its icon changes to show whether I have a connection and how well it works.
2: How did I get online? The applet is obviously still installed and it autimatically remembers the network I last used. I am however going to need it if I ever want to connect to a different network again.
3: How did I make it disappear? I always hate the how-did-you-break-it-question, so let's get it over with. I was removing some things from the panel, to make more room for things I actually use. I removed the sound control thingie because I have shortcut keys for that on my keyboard. And the Network Manager disappeared along with it. I kid you not. /headdesk! I would have killed for an undo-command right then and there.

Remco knows just as much about Linux as I do, only he has more patience, and he has command-prompt skills that I lack, but he hasn't been able to restore the damage I did. And frankly, I just want to enjoy my holiday, instead of having to troubleshoot. So I'm just going to ignore the problem for now.

A wild green parrot just landed in one of the trees around the resort swimming pool. The weather is still great and I can still write. Breathe in, breathe out, get on with the holiday.
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Probable fix for your missing network manager, assuming you run Gnome (or Ubuntu): it's a process called nm-applet. You mention that you have internet, so it's probably still running, and you're missing the notification area. Try adding the "Notification area" to the panel (by right clicking it, selecting "add to panel" and finding "Notification Area" in the list. That's where nm-applet and the sound thingy store their icons..

Good luck!

Ork
Hmm, I just read this post and wanted to answer the same thing... but aroka was faster :)
I think Aroka's suggestion is a really good one. If are running KDE as GUI and you closed the application (though I don't think you did) you can start it up from the commandline by the command "knetworkmanager". If it says it's already running, you could (could) xkill it, but restarting it probably won't make it magically reappear.

And if you're not running KDE as GUI I haven't a clue. Sorry.

But don't let that spoil your holidays!
It's a service, and a better option is to restart it if needed by typing "sudo /etc/inid.t/network-manager restart" in a terminal window. But probably just the icon has gone missing so no need to restart.