In Elementary OS Luna, I was able to disable Plank by going into the dconf settings and removing Plank from the monitored-processes in org.pantheon.cerbere. I installed the newer Freya and now this won't work. How do I disable Plank?

Uninstalling Plank isn't really an option since IIRC it messes with other dependencies that I have of already installed.

P.S.: Yep, it removes elementary tweaks if I try to uninstall plank, which I don't want.

jonathan@jonathan-elementary:~$ sudo apt-get remove plank
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  gtk3-engines-unico libgrip0 libtimezonemap1 plank-theme-pantheon sbsigntool
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following packages will be REMOVED:
  elementary-tweaks plank
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 2 to remove and 32 not upgraded.
After this operation, 1,473 kB disk space will be freed.
  • I'm running the latest release, and this still works flawlessly. Can you describe the steps you perform to disable Plank? Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 11:48
  • What still works flawlessly? The config modification? Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 16:04
  • Yes, removing plank from the monitored processes. Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 16:30
  • This is literally my monitored-processes config: ['wingpanel', 'slingshot-launcher --silent']. I reset my computer and the thing is still there. Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 16:35
  • I dont' quite get what you mean by "I reset my computer". What you should simply do after modifying the string in Dconf is killing Plank with "killall plank". Commented Sep 13, 2015 at 20:12

2 Answers 2


The configuration was changed from org.pantheon.cerbere to org.pantheon.desktop.cerbere:


So I just modified the monitored-processes from there and I was able to disable Plank no problem.


Plank > preferences > chose position=top + auto hide options. You'll never see the plank again.

  • how do I bring it back now? I removed it and installed it again still not seeing it Commented Jun 15, 2023 at 18:39

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