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?


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
    Jul 9 '15 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
    Aug 3 '15 at 17:03

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