Monday, October 21, 2013

How to fix missing sound indicator in Xubuntu 13.10

After my recent upgrade to Xubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, I noticed that the sound indicator menu was missing. The volume indicator seemed to think that the volume was muted, and presented no drop-down menu when clicked. The sound was working fine and so were the multimedia keys on my keyboard. After some searching on the internet, I found that this was a more common problem. This bug has been reported on launchpad as well.

The workaround mentioned is to edit the service file in the following fashion. First bring up the terminal window and type the following command (replace mousepad with the editor of your choice)
user@pc: ~$ gksudo mousepad /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service
The service file will now open and its contents will look like this:
[D-BUS Service] Name=com.canonical.indicator.sound
Now, all you need to do is to comment out the last line and enter a new one instead
[D-BUS Service] Name=com.canonical.indicator.sound
Save and close this file and reboot your computer.

Please note that use this method only if you are using XFCE as your sole desktop environment. If you also use other DEs, for e.g. Unity, along with XFCE, then this method will break the sound indicator in your other DEs. In this case, you should follow the steps outlined in this article.

While we are at it, I might as well list some of the known issues in Xubuntu 13.10
  • indicator-sound no longer functions with xfce4-indicator-plugin (1208204)
  • Gmusicbrowser's albuminfo-plugin is deactivated by default and causes the app to hang if enabled (1223808)
  • Restart button fails to work in Update Manager (1232363)
  • User Administration - a new User is added correctly, but Administration app crashes on close (1185396)
  • Lock screen slow to appear on resume from suspend (1229486)

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