How do I reset my Unity configuration?


By mickyhale

I know that there are similar questions regarding what I’m about to ask, but I have tried several suggestions in an attempt to fix my problem, to no avail. My desktop background is blank and I need to know how to reset my Unity configuration. I was trying to load Gnome and I accidentally deleted (or disabled might be a better word) my Unity Desktop Environment, which created a login loop. I believe this happened when i typed:

sudo apt-get remove gnome-desktop3-data

I am very green to Linux and had used a deprecated command to install Gnome:

sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop

So, I attempted to remove (and possibly purge) gnome-desktop based on another post, but I used tab-completion and that’s how I deleted gnome-desktop3-data.

I may have deleted some other dependencies along the way because after I rebooted I had a login loop. I used ctrl+alt+F1 and installed ubuntu-gnome-desktop to make things a little easier (because I suck and needed a...

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I migrated from Fedora and also had problems with Samba in ubuntu 14.04.1
Like the others, I wasted too much time with this and am posting in the hope that it gets fixed in a future release so that others don't waste as much time as I.

The uninstall/reinstall suggested by RonBot works for me too.
There is another thread with the same final solution:
In this thread,
% ps aux | grep smbd
% kill pid // Kill the process with "Ss" status.
The process gets respawned immediately, and samba starts working.

To recreate the problem:
1) I installed ubuntu-14.04.1-server-amd64. Selected Samba and Tomcat7 software packages.
Discovered no GUI in server release.
2) Installed ubuntu-14.04.1-desktop-amd64. Used an old 1GB drive & wiped it clean. All my user data is on other disks which I unplugged first - just to be safe. So this was a completely clean install.
3) Installed my...

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This quick tutorial is going to show you how to reset unity and compiz if you messed up your Unity desktop in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr. All you need to do is run two commands in a terminal window.

Don’t be scared if you’re not comfortable with Linux commands. Just copy the code via Ctrl+C, then paste it into the terminal via Ctrl+Shift+V and finally hit Enter to run.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal window. When it opens, run the below command to reset Unity and Compiz settings:

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

After that, run the below command to restart Unity:

setsid unity

Now your unity desktop and compiz effects should reset to the original status.

To get back the default set of Unity Launcher icons, run below command and then log out and back in.

unity --reset-icons

If you want to restore default icon theme, use Unity Tweak Tool which is available in Ubuntu Software...

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Unity is currently the default window manager on my system, a window manager that's available for many Linux distributions, meaning this question isn't Ubuntu-specific. I have disabled the dock's autohide using debconf, but apart from that I haven't altered any of the default settings. My usage pattern is centred around the Windows key; whenever I wish to start something, whether it be Firefox, GVim, or a terminal window, I just hit the windows key, start typing the name, and hit enter when Unity guesses what it is I want.

This use means I have no need to keep anything in the launcher. Given that I only start applications using the keyboard, I only need the dock to show me currently running applications.

Naturally, my response was to simply remove everything I could from the dock, meaning all that remains is running applications.

It doesn't work though. If I remove all 'pinned' applications from the dock, the system repopulates it to the defaults on restart of...

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You spend a lot of time mapping and creating unique configurations for Unity Connect. It is always a good idea to back up those configurations. Fortunately, backing up within Unity Connect is easy. Simply stop the watch process, click on tools, Click Create a Backup, then choose your backup location. It’s always a good idea to backup to a network location in case the computer which houses Unity Connect fails for whatever reason, so choose a network location if you can. Steps:

Open Unity Connect Stop the Watch process
You can do this by clicking the Stop button

Click on Tools

Select Create a Backup Choose a location for your backup file
It’s always a good idea to backup to a network location in case the computer which houses Unity Connect fails for whatever reason, so choose a network location if you can.

If you require further assistance please contact Bio-Rad Software Support at 800-854-6737 option...

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Answer #: 1

This worked for me! I’ve just reset a broken Unity desktop where my user’s theme had turned ugly and the dash and top left tray and system menu had stopped appearing. None of the apps seemed to be broken, it was only the very desktop environment I wanted to reset. I did this by moving these two directories out of the way: ~/.config/compiz and ~/.config/dconf. Before I reached to this conclusion, I had run “unity –reset” and “unity –reset-icons”, but as far as I could tell, they didn’t influence my setup one bit.


Log out of X. I can’t do this, since my logout menu didn’t appears.

Find a virtual terminal (press Ctrl+Alt+F1) and login.

Kill X if you can’t logout:

sudo killall Xorg

X will die, restart, and switch virtual terminal. Switch back with Ctrl+Alt+F1.

Then run:

mv -v ~/.config/compiz-1 ~/.config/compiz-1.BROKEN mv -v ~/.config/dconf ~/.config/dconf.BROKEN

Then go back to X (Ctrl+Alt+F7)...

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In Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10 and 13.04

, Unity (and Compiz) are using Gsettings and because of this,

the "unity --reset" command used to reset Unity in previous Ubuntu versions doesn't work anymore

. In case some settings are messed up and you want to reset Unity and Compiz to their default settings, here's a new way of doing this that works with Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, 13.10 Saucy Salamander and 13.04 Raring Ringtail.

Update: this article was initially for Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04. I subsequently tested new Ubuntu releases and these instructions work with Ubuntu 13.10 and 14.04 as well.

Reset Unity & Compiz in Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10 or 13.04

A. The first method is using a tool that tries to replicate the old "unity --reset" behaviour.

Unity Reset tool can be downloaded from


and it should work with

Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10 and 13.04.

Or get the script from HERE.

Then, reset Unity using the following command:

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Ever wondered how you can reset Unity and Compiz back to their default settings?

Providing you are confident enough with the command line you’ll find that it’s a pretty easy thing to do.

Both Unity, and it’s window manager ‘Compiz’, can be set to their default values with just a command or two…

Why Reset Unity?

Before I get on to showing you how to reset let’s look at some of the reason why you might want to do it.

For example:

You might want the feel of a fresh start, but without the bagge of an actual fresh start You may have tweaked some system settings – intentionally or not – and now want to revert them You’re experiencing issues and want to see if your settings are to blame

What a Reset Does And Doesn’t Do

The word “reset” sounds scary but in this instance it isn’t.

Resetting Unity only affects the following:

The number of workspaces Launcher size, behaviour & animations Multi-monitor behaviours Shortcuts for...
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Not so recently, the command unity --reset was deprecated when Unity migrated its settings from gconf to gsettings. This happened in the 12.10 development cycle and as a result, there was no easy way to quickly reset the Unity configuration in 12.10 and later.

In order to fix that, we bundled a script with unity-tweak-tool which resets Unity configuration for you. The script utilizes gsettings API and is considered more secure than using dconf reset.

To use it, run the command

unity-tweak-tool --reset-unity

in a terminal. After doing so, log out and log back in again. You should hopefully have a Unity profile that was reset.

If in the unfortunate case you run into a bug or other anomaly, please consider filing a bug report against unity-tweak-tool on Launchpad. We will try our best to fix it for you.

For the attentive ones, it is in fact the same script that was posted on Ask Ubuntu. It should have made it into the Unity source code but we got...

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Firstly why would you reset unity?

If you are like me than you have tweaked some settings a couple of releases ago(I did in in 12.04, that was two years ago) and want to revert back to the default settings for Unity. Some other reasons you may want to reset unity to default settings are:

You might want the feel of a fresh start, but without having to actually reinstall the whole Ubuntu OS You’re experiencing issues and want to make sure that you haven’t got some strange setting affecting your OS

What does resetting unity do?

The number of workspaces available Launcher size, behaviour and the animations How it acts in multi monitor environments Shortcuts for the HUD, Window Spread, Alt+Tab, etc Compiz animations and effects

Instructions on resetting Unity on Ubuntu 13.10

Open a Terminal and type the following command to reset animations, workspaces, launcher size, etc:

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

Log out of your desktop session and...

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Jun 24, 2011

I've upgraded now from 10.04 to 10.10 to now 11.04, and I believe I have so much cruft in my system that it's become unstable.I thought I could selectively rename certain folders in my root (such as .gnome, .gnome2, etc, while logged of (i.e. from a ctrl-alt-f1 console), but that really didn't seem to work.I'd prefer not to copy to external hard drive and re-install fresh. However, I'm using KDE now for stability, as neither gnome nor unity will run well.


Mar 26, 2010

I dont understand why but my theme changes everytime i reboot. The original theme Human changes to i think dust. when i open the appearance applet to change back the theme, the original human theme is already selected. So i have to select some other theme and then i select human theme, then the theme changes.Also the order of my taskbar icons changes and also the icons themselves.

May 27, 2011

I have my Unity desktop...

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I ran across this thread after my Unity 2d desktop suddenly refused to display launchpad and title bar (for all users), for no apparent reason. Autohide was disabled. Reenabling Unity in CCSM as sugggested in other threads was part of the solution, but none of the other measures suggested in this and several other related threads, including, but not limited to:

Reinstalling unity Reinstalling ubuntu desktop Removing all relevant (e.g. compiz, gconf, etc.) configuration information

helped me to completely resolve these symptoms.

unity --reset

would not work for me. After delivering a variety of error and information messages, it would always hang at:

Setting Update "run_key"

as shown in the log posted in the thread titled "unity has vanished" for unity run with no arguments.

I noticed that the error message delivered by:

/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p

was similar to some of the errors reported by unity --reset:

error while loading shared...

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On my project I have pooled objects

- instead of destroying objects, objects are deactivated using SetActive(false)
- when I need a new object I look for an inactive object and I active it using SetActive(true)e

Everything seems ok but when my pooled gameObject as animator attached to it sometimes things goes wrong. Animation and state are not "coherent". I suppose I need to correctly reset/stop the Animator when I deactivate or reactivate my object but I did not now how to do it.

If found other people (on this forum, stackoverflow, ....) having similar problems but no one seems to have to a solution.

Is there a solution to save the animator in Awake and restore it latter...

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For security reasons, you should change administrative passwords for Cisco Unity and Cisco CallManager whenever the administrator changes. This document discusses how to change the passwords and different utilities you can use in order to perform the task.


Ensure that you meet these requirements before you attempt this configuration:

Components Used

The information in this document is based on these software and hardware versions:

Cisco CallManager 3.x and 4.x

Cisco Unity 2.4x, 3.x, and 4.x

The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.


Refer to the Cisco Technical Tips Conventions for more information on document conventions.

When the...

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I have had about 3 times where I needed the Ctrl+Alt+F1 to not loose work and it messed up... I have nvidia also. I would like to suggest this:

Ctrl+Alt+F1 (ok, blank screen) Type your login, hit Enter, then password (all in blank screen) type this now:

sudo startx -- :1

will have to type password again and Enter this will open a X session at Ctrl+Alt+F8 (will jump to it automatically) now create a new empty text file called, and type on it:


save it, change its permissions to executable, and run it, you will get a truly relieving terminal that makes you remember why Linux is good ! :D

after you finish, remember to Ctrl+Alt+F1, hit Ctrl+C (will end the new X session), type exit, Enter, will end the terminal (blank screen) session. if you think you missed typing exit, just hit Ctrl+C and type again, don’t do it too fast.

so you can improve it, make a script to let you type as little as possible, but anyway you will still have to type...

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Since you cannot access recovery mode, you'll have to change the password by accessing your installed Ubuntu system from a live CD/DVD or live USB system.

This is easiest if you can already use the Ubuntu system (even without administrative access). But it's not too much harder if you can't.

In my experience, most Ubuntu users who end up locked out of their own systems have automatic login enabled, which is how they forget their passwords (because they don't have to type them in to log in). This may or may not be the case in your situation, but I have presented how to do this if you can use the installed Ubuntu system first because I think that will help the most people who read this post.

If You Can Use the Installed Ubuntu System, Even As a Non-Administrative User

If you don't already have one, burn an Ubuntu live CD/DVD (on Ubuntu, Windows, or Mac OS X) or write an Ubuntu live USB flash drive (on Ubuntu, Windows, or Mac OS X).

If you know the...

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This document provides a sample configuration for Cisco CallManager Express (CME) 4.0 and Cisco Unity Express (CUE) 2.2.2, and how to integrate these two systems on your telephony network.


Ensure that you meet these requirements before you attempt this configuration:

Install the appropriate hardware.

Download and install appropriate Cisco IOS® software.

Download Cisco Unified CallManager Express software.

Download Cisco Unity Express software.

Components Used

The information in this document is based on these software and hardware versions:

Cisco 3725 Router on Cisco IOS Software Release 12.4(9)T

Cisco Catalyst 3550 Switch on Cisco IOS Software Release 12.1

Cisco IP 7960 Phone

Cisco Unified CallManager Express 4.0

Cisco Unity Express 2.2.2

The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab...

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