I had ubuntu 14.04 with unity desktop. Then i downloaded and used compiz but messed up and now unity desktop is not usable. I dont see the menu on top or the panel on left side. Neither is the CLI available after pressing Ctrl+Alt+t.

However I can still access the CLI by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1. Now, how can I undo any changes that compiz had applied, so that the desktop will be usable again.

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This should reset all of your changes to Compiz/Unity:

  1. Install dconf-tools: sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

  2. Reset Compiz and Unity: dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

  3. Reset Unity: setsid unity

  • it wasnt allowing me to accept before coz i had to wait for some mminimum number of minutes before accepting an answer. But i cannot see any /org directory now. Was that directory removed ?
    – sps
    Jun 1, 2015 at 5:36
  • did you include the slash at the end of /org/compiz/?
    – Synergist
    Jun 1, 2015 at 5:39
  • yes. for ex: if i do $ cd /org it says no directory. Same for $ cd /org/compiz/
    – sps
    Jun 1, 2015 at 6:00
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    I'm honestly not sure. /org isn't part of the FHS. There's no mention of it in man hier either. The directory doesn't exist on my system either. Did you have some files in that directory that you're worried about? Does everything else seem to be working fine?
    – Synergist
    Jun 1, 2015 at 6:06
  • yeah.. everything seems fine .. and no i did not have anything in that directory, so no worries. .. i had never seen a /org directory before either, so I was just wondering.
    – sps
    Jun 1, 2015 at 6:12

Delete those directories and login again:

rm  -rf ~/.compiz-1 

rm -rf ~/.config/compiz-1

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