I updated to Saucy this morning, and my computer freaked out mid-way through and I was forced to power it off to get it to respond.

When I restarted it (naturally) didn't work, so I launched a terminal and used apt to continue the install. I wish i remembered what I executed...but I don't.

Now I have my desktop back and everything seems to be working except the Dash. Super-key + typing now just shows me a spinner and nothing.

My Dash. Doing nothing.

I've deleted zeitgeist and software center caches, and I've tried to install unity-place-applications, but no effect, because I can't find it...and it doesn't feel like the sort of thing that would be in a separate ppa...:

$ sudo apt-get install unity-place-applications
[sudo] password for cpfohl: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package unity-place-applications

Any ideas where I can start tracking this down? All the apps are still there, I can launch them with the command line if I know where they are, but the dash just isn't doing anything useful.

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Result of https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/1233029

Fixed with:

sudo apt-get install unity-scope-home

Similar to:

Dash becomes black after startup in Saucy

But I didn't show anything....And my dash was tan...because that's how I have it set up.


I had same problem and that helped me:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall unity-scope-home

This doesn't work in my case (upgrading from 13.04).

I than try this other one:

sudo apt-get install --reinstall unity-lens-* unity-scope-home

and the unity-lens-* re-installation phase fix the problem.

(taken from here: http://adec.altervista.org/blog/ubuntu_13-10_upgrade_issues/)

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