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Thread: How to fix Broken Desktop

  1. #1
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    How to fix Broken Desktop

    ok - I made a fatal mistake... I wanted to install a simple program that required TK and TCL 8.5-dev - so I ran synaptic to install them - and it couldn't find the packages. Being smarter than the average bear, I searched and found the .deb files and sudo apt-get them only to find a broken dependency in my libfontconfig1 which depended on fontconfig-config. Apparently, the repository I was looking at didn't match what I wanted and synaptic burped a message that I had broken dependencies and should try apt-get update -f

    So, I dutifully did just that and my entire system began a systematic removal of all my software to the point that nothing on the Ubuntu desktop works except the terminal window that's currently open. I can't open another term window - it doesn't exist. Nothing exists in my menus... I killed it all...

    Now what? I tried
    sudo apt-get update
    and I get a list of repositories' folders from us.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/whatever...
    followed by a huge list of 404 Not Found errors with a final line containing a message 'Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored or the old ones used instead'

    And nothing happens...

    I have a number of distro disks - can I use one of those to repair my machine without a complete rebuild? Dammit... this really sucks... all I wanted was to load a stupid graphic and totally hosed my file server!

    please help! I have a terminal window, most commands seem to work fine. I can mount my DVD distros but I have no experience in recovering this kind of a calamity and have no clue what to do at this point...

    -- tia

  2. #2
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    Re: How to fix Broken Desktop

    Have you tried this:
    Code:
    dpkg --configure -a
    From memory, I think that's the command which should get everything back up and running.
    Last edited by Sigma1; December 15th, 2011 at 09:03 AM.

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    Re: How to fix Broken Desktop

    Or maybe "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop" which should re-install stuff that has been uninstalled, but to be honest I'm only guessing.

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    Re: How to fix Broken Desktop

    Ah, I think I've understood. Intrepid is no longer maintained. You're best bet might be to use the original CD and do a
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
    as suggested (provided the CD is given in /etc/apt/sources.list), or to try editing sources.list (changing intrepid to lucid... perhaps) and upgrading to Lucid, with
    Code:
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    I say "perhaps", because upgrades are supposed to run one step at a time, i.e. intrepid > jaunty > karmic > lucid, so the original CD is by far the safest option. Good luck.
    P.S. Message me if you need help with the CD.
    Last edited by Sigma1; December 15th, 2011 at 02:52 PM.

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