Just installed Ubuntu 15.10 x64 a couple of days back; great by the way.

Apps locked to the launcher are lost after every restart; regardless of whether they are pinned by selecting Lock to Launcher or dragged from Dash.

How do I make them stick?

Also, Dash seems to have some hiccups as well, freezing from time to time.

  • Default apps or the manually added ones?
    – Raphael
    Nov 8 '15 at 3:04
  • The manually added ones. I've even created a .desktop entry for one in question.
    – iSofia
    Nov 8 '15 at 3:23
  • askubuntu.com/questions/316050/icons-disappear - Does this help?
    – Raphael
    Nov 8 '15 at 3:39
  • If you want any further details then comment and I will detail the above in an answer.
    – Raphael
    Nov 8 '15 at 3:45
  • Thanks for the suggestion, but it does not seem to work. I get this error: Traceback ... File "/usr/bin/unity" ... Import glib ... ImportError: No module named glib
    – iSofia
    Nov 8 '15 at 4:31
  1. Install glib using the command:

sudo apt-get install libglib2.0-0

EDIT: Also, it seems that you might need to install python gst:

sudo apt-get install python-gst*

  1. Log out of your system.
  2. Then press

Ctrl + Alt + F1

  1. Login with your Username & Password.

  2. Then, run this commands

unity --reset-icons

unity --reset

sudo reboot now

EDIT: If even still you are unable to lock items onto the launcher then, open Home then, press "Ctrl + h" to show hidden folders. Navigate to .config and move anything in the dconf folder to another directory(such as ~/dconf).

EDIT: Desktop file format:

[Desktop Entry] Name=AppName


Exec=/path/to/App/App %f




Comment=App comment




  • It seems that it's already installed, so the first apt-get function installed and updated nothing. Then I tried logging-off and performing the Unity resets, but with the same results.
    – iSofia
    Nov 8 '15 at 5:31
  • @iSofia Edited, see if it works now.
    – Raphael
    Nov 8 '15 at 5:39
  • I was able to install the python package, and then successfully reset Unity; but the apps are still not locking to the launcher. Same with manually installed apps and those installed by the Software Center.
    – iSofia
    Nov 8 '15 at 7:59
  • @iSofia Edited.
    – Raphael
    Nov 8 '15 at 9:05
  • I'd have to thank you for your tireless help. It appears that Software Center downloaded/installed apps are now able to be locked to the launcher. However, manually installed ones still don't; are there any setting that these must have in order to be locked? Perhaps I've done the .desktop file wrongly.
    – iSofia
    Nov 8 '15 at 9:21

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