My problem, as you will see if you read below, is with the wicd notification icon.
I'm currently using testing on a laptop, updated every day, in the xfce4 d.e. environment. A couple of days ago, after an update, wicd started acting funny. There is a dialog box that pops up when the laptop is turned on that says that wicd is having some kind of problem. It suggests that I check the logs. In '/var/log/wicd/' there are some logs but they seem to report everything is working as normal. Running dmesg shows everything normal too, and lo and behold, if I try to use the internet it works.
Still if I click on the message bar icon I don't get the wicd gtk program. I can go to the 'Applications Menu' under 'Internet' and select wicd and get the gtk program, though. Under those circumstances it works as it should. As soon as I type 'wicd-gtk' from the command line the notification icon starts to work correctly (until I ctrl-C to stop it). What also works is if I type 'wicd' at a root terminal. If I do this as root, the notification icon works and there's nothing to ctrl-C as I suspect I am restarting the service.
Finally, something makes me think this all has to do with a change in the sysvinit package, but that's just a guess. I believe that the wicd package was updated today, and all my descriptions above were tested on the new version. Any help would be appreciated.
EDIT: this is the error message
Could not connect to wicd's D-Bus interface. Check the wicd log for error messages.