Configure and run indicator-sysmonitor on boot at login prompt

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I want to use indicator-sysmonitor to display an indicator showing that the network connection is up amongst other things immediately at boot on the lightdm login screen.

I followed these steps to install indicator-sysmonitor,

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/indicator-sysmonitor
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-sysmonitor

When I try to start it I get a long error message,

$ indicator-sysmonitor
Traceback (most recent call last):
File “<frozen importlib._bootstrap>”, line 2135, in _find_spec
AttributeError: ‘DynamicImporter’ object has no attribute ‘find_spec’

During handling of the above exception, another exception occurred:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File “/usr/bin/indicator-sysmonitor”, line 29, in <module>
from gi.repository import AppIndicator3 as appindicator
File “/usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/gi/importer.py”, line 53, in find_module
‘introspection typelib not found’ % namespace)
ImportError: cannot import name AppIndicator3, introspection typelib not found

What’s wrong and how can I configure an indicator for network status via the command line and start it on boot?

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