Sometimes (rarely) it happens that Slingshot launcher is neither accessible by shortkey or by clicking Applications on panel.

How to force it to restart without logging off?

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The parts of the desktop like Gala (the window manager), Wingpanel, Plank (the dock), and Slingshot (the apps menu) are automatically restarted by a process called Cerbere.

You'll only need to end the process for Slingshot and Cerbere will automatically restart it. You can do this in Terminal (shortcut: + T) with:

killall slingshot-launcher

killall slingshot-launcher worked for me


The process that Cerbere keeps running in background is slingshot-launcher --silent so I guess that command might do the trick.

  • I will have to wait for that to happen again. I have tried with slingshot-launcher, but that doesn't work and then logged out :)
    – user170
    Commented Jul 9, 2015 at 14:37
  • Well, the obvious progress then is to edit your question and post the output of that command so we could see exactly what went wrong.
    – r3bl
    Commented Aug 3, 2015 at 17:03

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