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 07:02:18 UTC 2009

On Sunday 13 December 2009, Nigel Ridley wrote:
>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.....

Actually, its the Mint 8, 64 bit.  As amanda is running now, I'll try that in 
the morning.

Thank you Nigel.

Cheers, Gene
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