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I've just upgraded to Ubuntu 17.10 and am missing the Ubuntu Dock settings, i.e. in gnome-control-center the dock settings are blank:

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I think I might be missing the "ubuntu-dock" package, but can't find this anywhere in the software centre.

Also the gnome-control-center was completely missing after the update, and I had to install this separately - not sure if this is related.

I think this is different from ubuntu-dock settings not accessible in gnome-control-center by default because changing the type of GNOME session doesn't fix the problem. If I go for GNOME* I get no Dock settings section at all, and if I got for Ubuntu* I get the blank Dock settings section described above.

Output of apt-cache policy gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock:

rob@rob-pc:~$ apt-cache policy gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock
gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock:
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.7
  Version table:
     0.7 500
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/main amd64 Packages
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/main i386 Packages
  • What's the output of apt-cache policy gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock? – pomsky Oct 22 '17 at 21:02
  • rob@rob-pc:~$ apt-cache policy gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock: Installed: (none) Candidate: 0.7 Version table: 0.7 500 500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/main amd64 Packages 500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu artful/main i386 Packages – Rob Wilson Oct 22 '17 at 21:47
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Ubuntu Dock doesn't seem to be installed, you can verify it by running

apt-cache policy gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock

There should be an Installed: (none) line in the output. If so, you may install it by running the following command in Terminal:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock

If Ubuntu Dock is installed and you still don't find the settings, see this: ubuntu-dock settings not accessible in gnome-control-center by default

  • Checking the cache shows it is installed. I tried to apt install it anyway and it says nothing was added or updated. However, I still cannot see it. Any other idea? – Christopher Rucinski Jan 19 '18 at 8:31
  • @ChristopherRucinski Have you checked this askubuntu.com/questions/967118/…? In any case dock settings are accessible by other means. If you want any particular customisation, search here or ask a new question. – pomsky Jan 19 '18 at 8:40
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    After searching Google, this question is exactly what I wanted to do and it had the exact same issue, but your solution did not fix it; however, following the link provided and using the cog wheel fix helped – Christopher Rucinski Jan 19 '18 at 9:10
  • @ChristopherRucinski Then it's not "the exact same issue", is it? In your case you have gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock package installed, but here OP doesn't have the package installed (clear from the provided output of apt-cache policy gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock). Even the symptoms are not identical too, are they? Here the "Dock" section is present in Settings, but completely blank, whereas in your case if I'm not mistaken "Dock" section is not present at all. – pomsky Feb 12 '18 at 18:02
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This issue might be caused by issues during the upgrade. Try reinstalling Ubuntu dock:

sudo apt purge gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock
sudo apt install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop

This may or may not repair things that apparently went wrong during the upgrade.

  • Dock was indeed not installed and I installed it per other post (sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock). But then I took @vanadium's suggestion and force-reinstalled ubuntu-desktop. After reboot, it came up with "What's New in Ubuntu?" -- which did not appear following the botched upgrade earlier this week. Thanks. – James E Keenan Sep 8 '18 at 13:47
  • The reinstall of the ubuntu-desktop metapackage indeed might have drawn in other little things that may have been missed during the upgrade. Upgrading is not always seamless, in particular in more customized installations. Many people usually recommend to install fresh rather than upgrade. I normally do, except last time: my upgrade from 17.10 to 18.04 went flawless. Glad it worked. – vanadium Sep 8 '18 at 13:58
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Background

Even though the OP stated the following does not work on his machine, it DID work on my laptop...

"I think this is different from ubuntu-dock settings not accessible in gnome-control-center by default because changing the type of GNOME session doesn't fix the problem. If I go for GNOME* I get no Dock settings section at all, and if I got for Ubuntu* I get the blank Dock settings section described above" ~~ OP

As Pomsky suggested in the comments of his answer, linked above, provided an additional, but a different solution that worked for me after his answer didn't work. So for future reference from those coming from Google...

"Ubuntu dock setting is accessible only from the GNOME session(s) customised by Ubuntu, not from the default GNOME session(s).

When you boot your system and get to the GDM login screen you should find a cogwheel (⚙️) next to the sign in button. If you click on the cogwheel you should find an Ubuntu (and/or Ubuntu on Xorg) option.

Choose Ubuntu (or Ubuntu on Xorg) instead of GNOME (or GNOME on Xorg)." ~~ Pomsky

Situation

I had Ubuntu Dock installed but the Dock option was not showing up anymore. Had it before, but don't know when it disappeared.

I verified I had it installed with the apt-cache command below. I did not have a Installed: (none) value but an actual number value.

apt-cache policy gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock

Fix

  1. Restart Linux
  2. Change the session type you log-in with via the cogwheel (⚙️).
    • Choose either Ubuntu or Ubuntu on Xorg.
    • Don't choose some other option like GNOME

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In the picture above, I had 3 items to choose from. So I chose Ubuntu and logged in.

If you don't have 3 options, then this solution probably won't work for you. Let me know in the comments otherwise.

  • This answer is actually valid for this question: askubuntu.com/questions/967118/… – pomsky Feb 12 '18 at 18:03
  • @pomsky Yes, the link you just provided is the exact same link I had in the answer for a while now. I had Googled my issue and this question came up. This answer is for future reference as stated in the answer. – Christopher Rucinski Feb 13 '18 at 4:30
  • Okay, but I just don't see the point here. 1. not exactly the same issue, 2. not even identical symptoms (blank dock settings vs. missing dock settings), 3. link to the other question is already mentioned by OP with the reason why this question is different ("I think this is different from [...] because changing the type of GNOME session doesn't fix the problem..."). – pomsky Feb 13 '18 at 7:29
  • @pomsky I see, I didn't see the OP indicate that this method didn't work. – Christopher Rucinski Feb 13 '18 at 7:48
  • That's actually the answer that worked for me on Disco Dingo (Gnome 3.32.1). Thank you! – egdavid Apr 21 '19 at 17:11
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Just Install "Dash to Dock" extension from software centre.and then play with settings. This package is AKA gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock and is available in the repositories for 17.10 and 18.04 ATM. Future versiona may also be supported. See the link above.

  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! :-) How is this answer any better than the other answers? You have enough reputation to leave a comment... – Fabby Jun 14 '18 at 18:50

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