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

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Sun Dec 13 06:38:54 UTC 2009

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.
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?

Cheers, Gene
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