I recently updated (Feb 15, 2018) my Ubuntu 16.04 from the software manager. I don't remember what programs got updated, now my taskbar & launcher is gone.

Is there a way to fix this?

I've tried everything that's available from the internet, but none works.

Will upgrading to 17.10 fix my problem? I don't want to do fresh install from the start again :(

  • I've tried sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y, it doesn't work.
    – ramster
    Feb 15, 2018 at 23:16
  • If this is what happened to me today, it uninstalled unity, so there is no way to get the launcher back without fixing the system. And there is a missing dependency (which is why it got un-installed) Feb 15, 2018 at 23:40
  • I've tried that too. The screen did flicker for a second to have the taskbar appear, but it's gone as soon as it appeared.
    – ramster
    Feb 15, 2018 at 23:45
  • Do you think upgrading to 17.10 will fix the problem? I'm tempted to do that.
    – ramster
    Feb 15, 2018 at 23:46
  • I wouldn't install 17.10. It's a short term OS that expires in July 2018 . I'd wait a day or three for Ubuntu 16.04 bug fix to come out. Just dual boot into Windows and surf the web from there until a fix comes out. Feb 16, 2018 at 0:07

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I have found a solution. apt-get fails to be able to handle the situation, but aptitude can handle it.

sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop

Note that the first solution offered by aptitude doesn't correct the problem, because that chooses not to install the package. I had to select no the first time, and then aptitude offered a second solution of downgrading the compiz packages that caused all the problems. The downgrade fixes the dependency problem, and then ubuntu-desktop and unity are reinstalled.

  • it says command not found.
    – ramster
    Feb 16, 2018 at 0:35
  • @ramster: sudo apt-get install aptitude Feb 16, 2018 at 0:37
  • Please do not post duplicate answers on different questions. It just creates more work for the moderators. If the questions are so similar that the same answer works on each, then the later of the two is likely a duplicate and should be flagged as such.
    – pomsky
    Feb 16, 2018 at 6:55

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