[ubuntu-uk] update/upgrade issues and help - was12.04 has locked me out of my account

Barry Drake ubuntu-advertising at gmx.com
Fri May 4 16:24:44 UTC 2012

On 04/05/12 16:58, Alan Pope wrote:
> One interestingly useful command which 'fixes' many issues relating to 
> bits missing is this:- sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install 
> ubuntu-desktop^ (note the caret on the end). This causes apt to 
> attempt to install the ubuntu-desktop task which pulls in everything 
> needed for the current release. It's surprising how many times this 
> actually pulls in critical components that the user has inadvertently 
> removed in the past.

Yes - you gave me that a couple of weeks ago, and it has helped a few 
folk.  Not all of them by any means.  Where things have been bad, I've 
said that there must have been a problem in the old system.
> Unity and compiz crashes can often be attributed to users messing with 
> compizconfig-settings-manager or sometimes just bugs. I find dropping 
> to a shell (CTRL+ALT+F1) and issuing this command often helps reset 
> things back to normal:- unity --reset &

Now, that I didn't know about.  Thanks.  The worst problem is the folk 
that have not taken a backup at all.  I keep banging on about backing up 
sometimes to no avail.  One lady did a fix that I had not suggested but 
she had asked if it would work.  I'd specifically told her would wipe 
her data but she did it anyway, and then she asked how she could get the 
data back!

Don't you ever feel like the mythological support worker and the broken 
'coffee cup holder'?

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