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I upgraded from 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS. I have dozens (and dozens) of applications with no name or icon in Dash.

Where are these coming from? How can I clean them up?

Apps with no name

Edit: Thanks for the suggestions. It turns out these were all coming from:


I "deleted" this folder and everything is fine now.


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The problem was coming from files in:


I made a backup of "menu-xdg" then deleted it. Everything is fine now.

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It was beacuse the update, go to the software center and install "alacarte", then on dash open main menu Quit all the missing apps

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I have this app. Cheers. It turns out all it does is write files to ~/.local/share/applications It was easier for me to just work with the text files in that dir. Thanks for the help. – conner_bw May 1 '12 at 16:36

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