I've tried enabling the Unity Plugin as described in this answer (https://askubuntu.com/a/717860/235839) (and several others).

Nothing changes.

When I try it again, I find that the plugin's checkbox isn't enabled. Apparently it un-enables it immediately after closing ccsm.

Is there some other way to enable the Unity Plugin--a command-line sequnce I could follow, perhaps?

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I encountered a similar problem today and none of the usual fixes were working for me either.

I eventually was able to resolve it by right clicking on the desktop then clicking on "Open Terminal" then used the following command:

mv ~/.cache/compizconfig-1 ~/.cache/compizconfig-OLD

After doing that just simply typing the following brought the full unity desktop back:

setsid unity

Hopefully this might help you or other users suffering similar symptoms, seems there was some issue with the compizconfig cache perhaps a file became corrupted somehow not certain.

  • Awesome, this totally worked! I got this error on my Ubuntu 16.04 after updating Unity to 7.4.5 by doing a sudo apt-get upgrade
    – Punit Naik
    Feb 27, 2018 at 21:33
  • Thank you I have been searching for 2 hours for a solution and this one finally worked!!! This bug happened for me after sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade on Ubuntu 16.04.
    – CascadiaJS
    Mar 10, 2018 at 18:27

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