installed a little kde, it switched to it on the reboot, and most stuff is missing, no access to a shell of any kind

Nigel Ridley nigel at
Sun Dec 13 06:55:54 GMT 2009

Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Sunday 13 December 2009, Nigel Ridley wrote:
>> Gene Heskett wrote:
>>> Greets;  See the subject line.
>>> If I can get it to do an init3, what would be the apt-get line to install
>>> the rest of kde, plus the switchdesk command?  Its useless as it sits
>>> right now. I also have no keyboard, mouse works, but no keyboard.  It was
>>> working fine under gnome before the reboot, and in F10 as you can see its
>>> fine.  Windows opened by the menu have no close button, etc etc.  I could
>>> run synaptic from the menu, but without a keyboard, I couldn't enter my
>>> passwd to do any more work.
>>> Had to use the hdwe rest to get out of it.
>>> Thanks all.
>> I'm sure 'sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop' is what you're looking for.
>> Nigel
> First I need a shell to execute that in, and I need a keyboard.  In x, I have 
> neither, and I don't seem to be able to find /etc/inittab so I can use the 
> console to do that.  Once I have that, I expect I can rescue the rest of it.
> I'd hate to have to re-install as I now have about 6 hours in  downloading 
> and installing the other stuff I need.  I have a single option I believe,  or 
> I can add it manually from this F10 boot, would that do?
I'm not too up on recovery stuff but can't you insert the Kubuntu CD and choose 'recovery mode' 
or whatever it's called? and go from there?

Hope you get it sorted out.....


nigel at

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