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Dash search gives no result

I restarted Ubuntu, and now the Dash is empty. How do I get it back?

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marked as duplicate by RobotHumans, Amith KK, Jorge Castro, Mitch, Anwar Shah Sep 10 '12 at 14:19

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... and what version of ubuntu? what happens if you do a unity reset i.e. unity --reset – fossfreedom Feb 12 '12 at 23:18
its the same. anyway now the terminal is away. – micemouse Feb 12 '12 at 23:23
its the newest version 11. – micemouse Feb 12 '12 at 23:28
11.10, released last October? Can you take a screenshot and add it to your question? – Michael Martin-Smucker Feb 13 '12 at 14:11

If the applications stoped showing in Unity Dash than you should first kill this daemon:

pkill -f unity-applications-daemon

The next step go to your /home directory and press CTRL+H to reveal hidden files. Than search for .cache folder open it and delete software-center catalog.

Afterwards restart the applications daemon:


If you still don't have anything in the Dash than press ALT+F2 (to bring up run command dialog) type there:

unity --replace

and run that command. If that didn't do the trick try rebooting computer.

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