I've been using Elementary OS (loki) for a few days now, and I initially had no problems. The only strange thing I noticed is that apt update was throwing some weird errors because it was targeting loki distribution instead of xenial. After I changed this and installed updates, the problem began.

When I open the Spotify client, the wingpanel bar disappears

It seems similar to this issue Spotify crashing the wingpanel (loki)

It seems to be the case that if I close spotify and press super + space, the wingbar returns. However, it does not return while the client is open. What is particularly annoying is that it was working perfectly fine before I installed the updates.

Is there anything I can do to fix this?

  • Try using 'killall wingpanel' – Dysproz Jan 17 '17 at 20:36
  • I tried that, I just get the response wingpanel: no process found – JoeC Jan 18 '17 at 9:29

So I managed to fix this by re installing noise (the music player), which I had previously removed. Presumably when I removed it I also removed a library which the sound notification in the wingpanel relied on.

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  • You are a saviour! – Shann Jul 30 '17 at 13:30

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