I'm kinda new in Linux environment. I installed Ubuntu and play along with some modifications. Recently I tried installing Cairo-Dock and didn't like it so I decided to remove it afterwards. But then, once I finished uninstalling and reboot my system, my launcher (Ubuntu Dock) is suddenly disappeared.


I wanted to restore it back by reinstalling the unity-desktop, removing compiz config, and enabling Ubuntu Unity Plugin thing.. all didn't work. And now I'm desperately wanting to get my launcher back and ended up having no idea what to do any more.


Can anyone help me solve this?

  • Where did you get the idea of reinstalling unity-desktop and compizconfig? Ubuntu 17.10 has GNOME, not Unity. No wonder those solutions failed.
    – pomsky
    Mar 10, 2018 at 21:02
  • Try (re-)installing gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock package instead.
    – pomsky
    Mar 10, 2018 at 21:05
  • @pomsky ya, my bad. i was so desperate that i just followed all the instructions i found online.
    – hsk
    Mar 10, 2018 at 21:06
  • Try my suggestion above. But I reckon your computer will be in a messy state with two desktop environments now. I would suggest you to do a fresh installation of Ubuntu if you can afford do it.
    – pomsky
    Mar 10, 2018 at 21:09
  • @pomsky i managed to get everything back. but now my ubuntu 17.10 looks like ubuntu 16 interface. any idea on how to make it back to 17.10 interface?
    – hsk
    Mar 10, 2018 at 21:38

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Nevermind, i managed to solve all of these by resetting dconf and reinstalling gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock (thanks to @pomsky).

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