I'm running

  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • compiz
  • unity 7.4.5+16.04.20180221-0ubutu1

I have 0 packages to update.

I have an empty screen. The background colour is correct, but the rest of the UI has not loaded. I can open a terminal and then run programmes such as firefox, but I can't change the window sizes or summon their menus by pressing alt. The top bar with the time, internet connection status, etc. is not visible. I can't see the Ubuntu equivalent of the start menu.

Basically unity is not running.

When I log in I get a crash report regarding compiz-config-profile-setter with the error message as in the title. The screen was as I described above. I ran apt-get upgrade but unity is still broken.

I tried running compiz --replace but nothing changed.

Has anyone encountered this? How can I fix it?

  • I've fixed it by removing compiz settings directory: rm -rf ~/.compiz/compiz-1/ – Matías Oct 29 at 14:30
  • That did not fix it for me. – Matt Ellen Nov 1 at 9:13

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