desktop borked

Stuart Murray-Smith eight32 at
Tue Nov 3 16:17:24 UTC 2009

>> > User tried to uninstall something, && when restarting, X starts up, but
>> > no desktop.

>> Because of dependency's, when you uninstall something many other things
>> might uninstall too. There is a history in /var/log/apt/term.log and
>> maybe in other places too. Try to reinstall some of the things that got
>> uninstalled.

> Another thing you could try, is switching to a TTY terminal (or starting
> in recovery mode), trying to reinstall the ubuntu-desktop package
>    (i.e. run "sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop").
> This seems to be a common package to get pulled out when removing
> something else, since its often listed as a dependency. it's actually
> just a meta-package that is supposed to pull in a bunch of other needed
> packages, so I believe reinstalling that package would automatically get
> any other essential packages that got accidentally removed.

Thanks for your help guys :)

Networking was also borked, && there were way too many .debs listed in
/var/log/apt/term.log to rebuild manually.

Serendipitously Karmic was released that same day, so we upgraded with
a fresh install :)

Keep strong!


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