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I am running ubuntu 12.04 on an IBM thinkpad t42. I just installed gnome and cinnamon but I am still using unity the only problem is that in dash when I search for any application they don't appear. I don't see recent applications either. I fixed it by running unity -- reset but the next time I turned on my computer it was broken again

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Reinstall unity-lens-applications and unity-lens-files logged out and back in and it should work.

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Worked for me too. –  Matt Joiner Jan 17 '13 at 2:44
Working - Affirmative! –  SGhosh Sep 21 '13 at 5:52
It was working. But it is not working after the reinstall. –  Asuraya Nov 15 '13 at 9:20
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The Unity Dash shows applications which have .desktop shortcuts in /usr/share/applications/ or ~/.local/share/applications/. So ensure that the application has a .desktop shortcut in at least one of these two folders.

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I have .desktop files in those locations but no applications show up until i run <code> unity -- reset </code> –  wil Dec 5 '12 at 0:14
could reinstalling unity also help –  wil Dec 5 '12 at 16:45
I tried putting <code> unity -- reset </code> into my start up but that didn't work because when unity resets the desktop environment break –  wil Dec 5 '12 at 17:56
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Enter Ubuntu software center, search for unity > "More Info" and if you scroll down, there are "Optional addons". Check unity lens files and applications then apply.

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This worked for me:

  1. Switch to tty1 (Ctrl+Alt+F1) and login as myself.
  2. rm -rf ~/.compiz (in order to recursively delete session logs... there might also be ~/.compiz-1 and so on, delete them all!)
  3. sudo service lightdm restart
  4. login using the standard greeter again.


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