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I am having some issues with Plank, so I uninstalled it by doing apt remove --purge plank. After reinstalling it, I could run the dock by starting it on the command line, but it would not start with the desktop.

I tried putting it on the startup applications on Switchboard, but it would not work anyway. How can I make plank startup automatically again on login?

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This is controlled via a dconf setting in Loki:

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.cerbere monitored-processes

It should contain plank (the default is ['wingpanel', 'plank']). If plank is not listed, you can just add it:

gsettings set org.pantheon.desktop.cerbere monitored-processes "['wingpanel', 'plank']"

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  • On ElementaryOS Hera the path is slightly different: io.elementary.desktop.cerbere monitored-processes
    – funder7
    Commented Oct 26, 2020 at 17:11

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