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docky crashes from time to time for me. How can I make it restart automatically after it crashed?

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You may be able to adapt this script posted by someone who answered a similar question on superuser: – user76204 Jul 15 '12 at 20:16

First off, I'm not using docky. But I'm assuming docky is in your $PATH. If not, then specify the full path to the binary.

Here is the awesome use of Bash:

Start off with a file, such as (vim instead of gedit if you want):

  • gedit ~/
  • Type the following:

    if [[ -z "$1" ]];then
        echo "ERROR: must specify program"
        exit 1
    while (( 0 == 0 ));do
        $@ &
        pid=`jobs -l | awk '{print $2}'`
        wait $pid
  • Save the file.

  • Set the permission:

    chmod a+x ~/

Now you can run a program like so:

~/ docky

and it'll launch the program once, and make sure to restart the program if you ever choose to quit it or it chooses to crash.

To add an entry to system startup so it launches the program once you logged in and won't stop until you quit, do this:

  • Go to Unity Dash, type and look for "Startup Applications"
  • Click Add
  • Name: Docky or whatever you like
  • Command: /bin/bash ~/ docky
  • Comment: Whatever you like

Make sure the new entry is checked. Log back out and in and you see docky all the time.

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What if I'm running Gnome 3 and I don't have "Startup Applications" and I want to put it in a .desktop file instead? What would I put for the "Exec=" line? – guttermonk Nov 9 '15 at 23:40
Got it! :) "Terminal=False" and "Exec=nohup bash -c '~/ docky;$SHELL' &" – guttermonk Nov 10 '15 at 1:50
Thanks! I also use this for Dropbox and Synergy. Works great! – guttermonk Nov 10 '15 at 1:52

This is similar to the process monitor method, using an until loop, but just for docky itself.

Simple script:

until docky; do
  sleep 1

Then, remove docky from your startup applications, and just add sh [path to file], such as:

sh /usr/wegsehen/Scripts/

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The ./ works great.

But only if i use Terminal, or i can just open a new shell, when i use "~/ docky" or "/bin/bash ~/ docky"

But if I go to the "Startup Applications", click add and follow these instructions nothing happens when my Computer is starting up. I still have to run that command manually. And it won work, when i put in /home/"username"/ docky, too.

I found, or created a solution (which hasn't been posted somewhere) to get it autostarted.

Instead of using the ~/ docky create a new textfile:

  • gedit ~/
  • type following


~/ docky


  • Save file
  • Set permission:

chmod a+x ~/

Now you can run the program in your terminal/yakuake or whatever you prefer to use:


and it will start the ~/ docky. So it'll get startet and restarted if crashes.

You can choose any name you like for "" and "" only .sh is important. But be sure to change it in your textfiles as well.

Now go to your Dash, type in and open "Startup Applications".

  • Delete othe set Docky Startup settings
  • Create a new one
  • Name: Docky or whatever you want to name it
  • Command: /home/"your username"/ (for me for ex. /home/kevin/
  • Comment: Whatever you like.
  • Go to your Docky settings and disable "Start at login"

Now you can restart your Computer and test it.


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Why not just create a (symbolic) link to No file editing or permission changes required. – David Foerster Nov 1 '14 at 11:16
what do you mean with symbolic link? – Kevin Nov 1 '14 at 15:04
This: ln -s or ln -s ~/ ~/Desktop/ – David Foerster Nov 1 '14 at 18:27

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