Xubuntu - Fix empty sound indicator in 13.10

This morning, I installed Xubuntu 13.10 with the daily build image:


When everything finished, the sound indicator in the XFCE panel is empty, I mean...nothing there. No sound settings, no volumn bar.

I searched on the launchpad and found that It is a bug:


So, here how to fix this:

1. Open the /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service file:

$ sudo nano /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service

2. Change the exec line to the following:



  1. Replies
    1. You meant exiting the nano editor? Press CTRL+O to save and than CTRL+X to exit.

  2. Thank you for this solution.

    BTW, instead of "nano" we can use "mousepad" (pre-installed in Xubuntu) or any other text editor, if we have some.

  3. There is no indicator-sound.service file in my services folder. And whenever I start a video (even in a browser) my audio stops, I have run 'sudo alsa force-reload' and restart my computer every time this happens.

    Could you please tell me what might be the problem here.

    1. Try this:

      $ sudo apt-get install indicator-sound-gtk2

      Then, log-out, log-in again.


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