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The File & Folders lens and default Applications lens is missing from my dock. How can I get them back?

I attempted the guide here: http://www.webupd8.org/2011/04/how-to-reset-unity-launcher-icons-or.html

All the icons came back except the two missing lenses. unity-place-applications and unity-place-files are both currently installed.

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Do you have .desktop files for both in /usr/share/unity/places? Have you tried reinstalling the packaged (sudo apt-get install --reinstall unity-place-files unity-place-applications)? –  htorque May 16 '11 at 6:52
    
there is an applications.place file and a files.place file in that location. –  greggory.hz May 16 '11 at 15:13
    
@htorque Your solution worked for me -- maybe make it an answer? –  belacqua May 24 '11 at 5:41
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  • Make sure you have those packages installed:

    unity-lens-applications
    unity-lens-files
    
  • Make sure you have those two files in /usr/share/unity/lenses:

    applications.lens
    files.lens
    
  • If it still doesn't work, try to reinstall the two packages:

    sudo apt-get purge unity-lens-applications unity-lens-files
    sudo apt-get install unity-lens-applications unity-lens-files
    
  • If it still doesn't work, I suggest reporting a bug report:

    ubuntu-bug unity # if unity is the wrong package, others will fix it
    
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I'm not sure how common this problem is anymore, but I just did a bare bones install of Ubuntu 12.10 and couldn't find anything in the Dash. It seems the unity-place-applications and unity-place-files packages have been replaced by unity-lens-applications and unity-lens-files, respectively - just in case anyone else comes across this. –  Koveras Apr 21 '13 at 3:27
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