apt-get: fix deps after a dist-upgrade with ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

Daniele Guerrieri d.guerrieri at gmail.com
Mon Aug 29 07:50:35 UTC 2011

> No. But...
> https://launchpad.net/~gnome3-team/+archive/gnome3<https://launchpad.net/%7Egnome3-team/+archive/gnome3>
> <quote>
> This package contains packages from GNOME3 and their dependencies so
> they can be used in Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty). This PPA is EXPERIMENTAL and
> MAY BREAK YOUR SYSTEM. There is no downgrade process.
> </quote>
Yes, i just followed a stupid guide on one of the first google results for
"ubuntu 11 gnome 3"; i thought downgrade was easier.

That also lists all the packages installed. You could put the ones that
> you have installed (minus the gnome3 ones) into gedit and use that to do
> one large $ sudo apt-get install --reinstall <package1> <package2> for
> the packages you currently have installed. But not sure if that will fix
> everything, but certainly worth a try.
> gnome-panel isn't installed by default in natty.
> This is a good idea; now i'm trying with gnome-desktop-environment, if i'll
have other problems i'll refer to that list.
how is it possible that gnome-panel isn't installed? when i installed natty
gnome-panel was installed.

> > Is there an option to fix all "important" deps, which isn't apt-get -f ?
> or
> > a meta package which holds all GNOME packages (maybe
> > gnome-desktop-environment)?
> > How can i revert a wrong dist-upgrade?
> You could try an in-place reinstall; meaning you reinstall but _don't_
> allow the install to format. That will leave your /home and /opt folders
> intact.
This is the last option for me, i don't want to reinstall everything :)

thank you,

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