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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4 System 10.4
Tiger only hintAfter upgrading to 10.4.4, my menu bar icons (clock, volume, displays, etc.) disappeared.

It turns out that if you have disabled Spotlight, when the updater replaces Search.bundle (located in System -> Library -> Core Services), it causes SystemUIServer (which controls the menu bar, among other things) to crash.

To fix the problem and get your menu bar icons back, just delete Search.bundle and restart.

[robg adds: We've noted similar issues when upgrading modified systems in the past, and it speaks strongly to the need to upgrade a 'standard' system. In my case, I have a simple note in Stickies listing the handful of non-standard things I've done to my machine. I also have a folder containing the original versions of modified files, and I put everything back to normal before upgrading.

I then reboot on the 'restored' machine, so that the original system is once again active prior to the upgrade. It's a bit of work, but I've never had an issue with a system update...]
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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: drivebybiped on Jan 17, '06 11:19:38PM

Good idea about maintaining a stickie of the various system modifications and rolling back before an upgrade. I was left scratching my head and getting a bit worried for a few days till I figured out that it was Search.bundle that was screwing up the new upgrade. Not having clock, bluetooth, airport, or battery status was a really pain for those few days.

Also there's no real information I could find on google about it, glad to have a concise 'hint' here for future reference



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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: Plumz on Jan 30, '06 08:01:33PM

I've had menu items disappearing for about a year...I've gotten so I just re-check them in the associated App or Preference. I once found many comments and a few solutions on Apple's Support Boards. Try Searching under:
"Mac OS X>Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger>Finder, Dock, & Dashboard> Menu items missing".

Here are a couple from there, suggesting these presumably corrupted files be deleted:

/Users/<yourname>/Library/Preferences/com.apple.systemuiserver.plist

/Users/<yourname>/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.systemuiserver.xxx.plist (where xxx is a 12 digit hex string)

"The loginwindow.plist file in your Home > Library > Preferences folder..."

They suggest logging out and back in after making these deletions, and if that doesn't work, to do the same and then delete caches as well:

"In /Users/<yourname>/Library/Caches, delete everything.."

This will not *recover* your menu items, just wipe out everything. You will need to then re-add them.

- Good Luck




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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: kalam on Jan 19, '06 12:11:20AM

Hullo.

Well, I gave this a shot since I too had problem with the missing icons.

Guess what, Spotlight is now gone from the corner, I can't open it however I try.



But the missing icons are back :)



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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: kalam on Jan 19, '06 12:15:38AM

Eeeeh, the clock and menumeters vanished again... Deleting search.bundle didn't help...



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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: zane on Jan 20, '06 01:28:47PM
Tinkertool's "Update Menu" usually works for me when my menulets go AWOL (which they do a lot). Or I'll just go to the relevant prefpane and check/uncheck the relevant "Show XXX Menu" checkbox a few times until the offending menulet reappears.

If that fails, I just force-launch (double-click) them directly from within Core Services, and have also even been known to drop the more troublesome menulets (like Script.menu, which NEVER stays put for me) into my account's Login Items, so that I can be sure they'll launch at boot. You can find your menulets (menu bar items) here: ~/System/Libray/Core Services/Menu Extras/

Granted it's a pain to have to do this all the time, but there's really no reason why anyone should have to go without any menulet for extended periods of time if it disappears. Encouraging them to come back is usually a pretty simple process, albeit somewhat annoying. (Unfortunately deleting Search.Bundle certainly hasn't helped to permanently fix this minor grievance for me. And my menulets have been randomly disappearing for as long as I can remember. Waaay before 10.4.4, and across multiple machines. I'm surprised that more people don't complain about this issue. My regular offenders, incidentally, are Displays.menu, Bluetooth.menu and of course Script.menu, but even Clock.menu has been disappearing lately too.)

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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: angelos on Jan 26, '06 04:15:18AM

Goodness. Thanks for the tips so far... however, it's been hard times.
There was once a time when my menu items worked flawlessly. Then I had to trash the systemserverui file (reboot, log out/in) every other day. Now that won't work. I've repaired permissions, repaired the hard drive booting from the installation disc, trashed the search.bundle file, and tried Tinkertool... all to no avail. Also, I'm unable to take screenshots now (I get a defiant beep) which is especially annoying as a web designer.

HELP!!!



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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: hypert on Feb 08, '06 09:50:33AM
Here's an alternative to Rob's stickie notes idea.

If you're a programmer, consider writing every change you do into a shell script! I have an awesome, custom "tweak_system.sh" script that I run to apply any of my standard changes to a new System. If your changes involves edits to a lot of files, just make those edits to local files (in your Home), and then have the script replace the originals w/ links to your custom files. Might want to make a backup of the file you're replacing first, though.

Just my $0.02.

Oh yeah, there's a new hint on disappearing menu items here.

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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: Sito on Feb 25, '06 12:55:39AM

Another way of getting rid of the "missing menubar icons problem" (mmip):

First of all: Thanks to all who have submitted their ways to recover my system of the mmip. Yet, after trying all those hints I found here, I still had the mmip. My system seemed to have forgotten all customization after a restart.
Some digging through all of my systemfolders led me to folders Sophos Antivirus left in >Library >Application Support and in >Library > StartupItems. Some time ago I had some issues with the prefpane installed by SAV. For some reason I didn't look for all SAV-folders with spotlight (silly me) and just removed the prefpane and the SAV-folder in my Applications-folder, so I didn't realize that there were those two folders left. After removing them, all my menu bar items were back in place and stayed there.
Hope, this will help those of you, who still have to cover the problem.



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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: DonColore on Aug 23, '06 10:39:23AM

It made me too much headake today. I found a nice way to really get those menu items back - every time - in my selected order:

1) Create a Menu items folder: "~/Library/Menu Extras"
2) Make aliases of your favorite menu items and drop them into that folder
3) Add 01..02..03.. etc to the beginning of their names to set a correct order
4) Create a program from the following script:

[code:]
tell application "Finder"
set myFolder to folder "Menu Extras" of folder (path to library folder from user domain)
set myFileCount to the count of items of myFolder
repeat with i from 1 to myFileCount
open item i of myFolder
end repeat
end tell
[/code]



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10.4: Recover missing menubar icons in 10.4.4
Authored by: DonColore on Aug 23, '06 11:10:47AM
It made me too much headake today. I found a nice way to really get those menu items back - every time - in my selected order:

1) Create a Menu items folder: "~/Library/Menu Extras"
2) Make aliases of your favorite menu items and drop them into that folder
3) Add 01..02..03.. etc to the beginning of their names to set a correct order
4) Create a program from the following script:
tell application "Finder"
  set myFolder to folder "Menu Extras" of folder (path to library folder from user domain)
  set myFileCount to the count of items of myFolder
  repeat with i from 1 to myFileCount
    if the name of item i of myFolder ends with ".menu" then open item i of myFolder
  end repeat
end tell
5) Empty your menu bar and execute this script whenever things got wrong

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Sorry for the double posting. I hit the wrong button when trying to format my posting.

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