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I had for a while been using Nemo as my file manager under Unity (Ubuntu 13.10), following the instructions here.

A few weeks ago, Nemo stopped handling the desktop, and I was left with a black space, with no launchers, and nothing happening on right-click. I thought this was probably due to the slightly hack-y nature of using Nemo outside of Cinnamon, so I reverted the changes (following the article linked above), and when that didn't solve the problem, tried removing and reinstalling first nautilus, and then unity (using lubuntu-desktop in the meantime).

Now, with Unity reinstalled, I'm back in the same position (blank desktop), but also find that I can't install, or use Nautilus

eoin@Desktop:~$ nautilus
The program 'nautilus' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install nautilus

eoin@Desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install nautilus
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
nautilus is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 5 not upgraded.

Interestingly, I can uninstall, and reinstall nautilus:

eoin@Desktop:~$ sudo apt-get remove nautilus
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED
  nautilus
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 5 not upgraded.
After this operation, 4,196 kB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
(Reading database ... 393663 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing nautilus ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Processing triggers for mime-support ...
eoin@Desktop:~$ nautilus
The program 'nautilus' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install nautilus

eoin@Desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install nautilus
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Suggested packages:
  gnome-sushi
The following NEW packages will be installed
  nautilus
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 5 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B/489 kB of archives.
After this operation, 4,196 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Selecting previously unselected package nautilus.
(Reading database ... 393639 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking nautilus (from .../nautilus_1%3a3.8.2-0ubuntu2.2_i386.deb) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf-2.index...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
Processing triggers for mime-support ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Setting up nautilus (1:3.8.2-0ubuntu2.2) ...

But that gets me right back to where I started

eoin@Desktop:~$ nautilus
The program 'nautilus' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install nautilus

I've tried resetting Unity configuration (as per this question), and also sudo dpkg-reconfigure for both Unity and Nautilus.

Any ideas?

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Do you have cinnamon installed? The blank desktop is usually a side effect of its installation. –  Luís de Sousa Mar 11 at 8:22

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