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    Re: 1-5-2023 Update Disaster... Help!!

    1fallen, I had already tried that. Tasksel is installed, is latest version. When I run sudo tasksel install ubuntu-desktop, there is a pause, then nothing, Terminal returns to my lead-in script + :~$

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    Re: 1-5-2023 Update Disaster... Help!!

    Hard for me to know what you have done to date, pardon any repetition, this could lead to a corrupt desktop.
    For now if you want to be absolutely sure of a good desktop install, then use instead:
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    sudo tasksel install --new-install ubuntu-desktop
    no harm in that, unless you've done that as well previously.
    Or just wait it out until your phased out....LOL(pun)
    Last edited by 1fallen; January 10th, 2023 at 12:32 AM. Reason: bad dupe
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    Re: 1-5-2023 Update Disaster... Help!!

    Wow! That worked, I think. Thanks 1fallen!
    Over 150 packages were installed & configured. Most look like the items removed by the 1-5-23 update.
    I'll have to reboot, but am in the middle of some things, so I'll do that later & report back.

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    Cool, I'll check back as well.
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    Re: 1-5-2023 Update Disaster... Help!!

    Well, that did add back a lot of stuff... After rebooting there are loads of games I'm not interested in, etc. But my desktop is still not as it was.
    First question: what was it about that command that finally made something happen? I'm pretty baffled by command syntax, other than the basics.
    Q2: Now I don't trust Software Updater, so is it safer to use sudo apt update in Terminal?
    Q3: Has Canonical changed the gnome desktop? What I see now is just the image from my wallpaper changer and the top panel. If I click Activities, the background image shrinks to a rectangle above another rectangle which contains my Favorites. I'd like to have them in a dock on the left side of the screen, like before. I'd also like to be able to see and open icons I've placed on the Desktop. Now Desktop is just another folder in Home, so it's a multi-step process to get to them. I keep certain things on the Desktop to remind me of events & things I need to do. I seriously want all that functionality back!
    Thanks

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    Re: 1-5-2023 Update Disaster... Help!!

    Don't worry about those grub packages. Synaptic puts an exclamation mark on them because an upgrade is available. It's still in phased updates and most users haven't got it yet. You can force it, if you like.

    I'm not familiar with tasksel. It's not installed on my Xubuntu system. I don't know what that was supposed to do. Neither is gnome-remote-desktop installed, but I know it's optional.

    As far as deb packages are concerned, software updater, the apt command line tools and synaptic behave exactly the same. You do have reason not to trust unattened updates. I disabled them. Look at the list of proposed changes before applying them.
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    Re: 1-5-2023 Update Disaster... Help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueAZ View Post
    Q3: Has Canonical changed the gnome desktop? What I see now is just the image from my wallpaper changer and the top panel. If I click Activities, the background image shrinks to a rectangle above another rectangle which contains my Favorites. I'd like to have them in a dock on the left side of the screen, like before. I'd also like to be able to see and open icons I've placed on the Desktop. Now Desktop is just another folder in Home, so it's a multi-step process to get to them. I keep certain things on the Desktop to remind me of events & things I need to do. I seriously want all that functionality back!
    Thanks
    That doesn't sound like you've got the full ubuntu desktop with default extensions yet.
    You could try installing gnome-shell-extensions
    Then launch it and make sure the Built-In extensions are all shown as enabled.
    I'm on Kinetic, not Jammy, so it won't be exactly the same, but it should look a bit like the screenshot.
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    Re: 1-5-2023 Update Disaster... Help!!

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueAZ View Post
    Well, that did add back a lot of stuff... After rebooting there are loads of games I'm not interested in, etc. But my desktop is still not as it was.
    First question: what was it about that command that finally made something happen? I'm pretty baffled by command syntax, other than the basics.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Tasksel
    Your quoted as already had taskel installed, also using the command:
    1fallen, I had already tried that. Tasksel is installed, is latest version. When I run sudo tasksel install ubuntu-desktop, there is a pause, then nothing,
    I suggested possible corruption on the desktop. With that new taskel command used see this:
    Code:
    --new-install
        automatically select some tasks without even displaying them to the user; default other tasks to on; used during new Debian installs
    more found in the man:
    Code:
    TASKSEL(8)                  Debian specific manpage                 TASKSEL(8)
    
    NAME
           tasksel - a user interface for installing tasks
    
    SYNOPSIS
           tasksel install <task>
    
           tasksel remove <task>
    
           tasksel [options]
    
    DESCRIPTION
           tasksel shows all available tasks and allows selecting ones to install
    
    OPTIONS
           -t, --test
               test mode; don't actually install or remove packages
    
           --new-install
               automatically select some tasks without even displaying them to the
               user; default other tasks to on; used during new Debian installs.
    
           --list-tasks
               list on stdout the tasks that would be displayed in the tasksel
               interface
    
           --task-packages task
               lists on stdout the packages that are available and part of the
               given task
    
               Note that this option may be given more than once.
    
           --task-desc task
               outputs the extended description of the given task
    
           --debconf-apt-progress options
               Pass the specified options to the debconf-apt-progress command that
               tasksel runs.
    
    SEE ALSO
           dpkg(8), apt-get(8)
    
    FILES
           /usr/share/tasksel/descs/*.desc and
           /usr/local/share/tasksel/descs/*.desc are used to define tasks.
    
    AUTHOR
           tasksel was written by Randolph Chung <tausq@debian.org> and Joey Hess
           <joeyh@debian.org>
    
    HISTORY
           This document first appeared with tasksel-1.0
    
    3.71                              2023-01-03                        TASKSEL(8)
    As far as using soft-ware updater, it should not have any bad results.
    I have no answer for your desktop differences, mine are still intact as before.
    I always have used or will use any command I suggest* for users, I'm the guppy first.
    My removal was very clean as well (Not a Suggestion just saying it's safe when used proper)
    And just to be absolutely clear it will destroy your install, in the wrong hands.
    REMOVAL:
    Code:
    sudo apt autoremove
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree... Done
    Reading state information... Done
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
      bogofilter bogofilter-bdb bogofilter-common evince-common evolution-common
      gir1.2-accountsservice-1.0 gir1.2-adw-1 gir1.2-gck-1 gir1.2-gcr-3
      gir1.2-gdesktopenums-3.0 gir1.2-gdm-1.0 gir1.2-geoclue-2.0
      gir1.2-gnomebluetooth-3.0 gir1.2-graphene-1.0 gir1.2-gtk-4.0
      gir1.2-gweather-4.0 gir1.2-ibus-1.0 gir1.2-javascriptcoregtk-4.1
      gir1.2-nma-1.0 gir1.2-polkit-1.0 gir1.2-rsvg-2.0 gir1.2-soup-3.0
      gir1.2-upowerglib-1.0 gir1.2-webkit2-4.1 gjs gnome-control-center-data
      gnome-session-common gnome-settings-daemon-common gnome-shell-common
      gstreamer1.0-pipewire ibus ibus-data ibus-gtk ibus-gtk3 ibus-gtk4 im-config
      libcmark0.30.2 libcolord-gtk4-1 libdee-1.0-4 libevdocument3-4 libevview3-3
      libfreerdp-server2-2 libgail-3-0 libgdm1 libgeoclue-2-0 libgjs0g
      libgnome-autoar-0-0 libgnome-autoar-gtk-0-0 libgnome-bluetooth-ui-3.0-13
      libgsl27 libgslcblas0 libgsound0 libibus-1.0-5 libmozjs-102-0
      libnss-myhostname libsnapd-glib-2-1 libunity-protocol-private0
      libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop libunity9 libxkbregistry0 libytnef0
      mutter-common power-profiles-daemon python3-ibus-1.0 realmd
      switcheroo-control xwayland
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 67 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    After this operation, 278 MB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] 
    (Reading database ... 662026 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing bogofilter (1.2.5-1+b2) ...
    Removing bogofilter-bdb (1.2.5-1+b2) ...
    Removing bogofilter-common (1.2.5-1+b2) ...
    Removing evince-common (43.1-2) ...
    Removing evolution-common (3.46.3-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-accountsservice-1.0:amd64 (22.08.8-1+b1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-adw-1:amd64 (1.2.1-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-gcr-3:amd64 (3.41.1-1+b1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-gck-1:amd64 (3.41.1-1+b1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-gdesktopenums-3.0:amd64 (43.0-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-gdm-1.0:amd64 (43.0-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-geoclue-2.0:amd64 (2.6.0-2) ...
    Removing gir1.2-gnomebluetooth-3.0:amd64 (42.5-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-gtk-4.0:amd64 (4.8.3+ds-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-graphene-1.0:amd64 (1.10.8-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-gweather-4.0:amd64 (4.2.0-1) ...
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    Removing gir1.2-ibus-1.0:amd64 (1.5.27-4) ...
    Removing gir1.2-webkit2-4.1:amd64 (2.38.3-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-javascriptcoregtk-4.1:amd64 (2.38.3-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-nma-1.0:amd64 (1.10.6-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-polkit-1.0 (122-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-rsvg-2.0:amd64 (2.54.5+dfsg-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-soup-3.0:amd64 (3.2.2-1) ...
    Removing gir1.2-upowerglib-1.0:amd64 (0.99.20-2) ...
    Removing gjs (1.74.1-1) ...
    Removing gnome-control-center-data (1:43.2-1) ...
    Removing gnome-session-common (43.0-1) ...
    Removing gnome-settings-daemon-common (43.0-3) ...
    Removing gnome-shell-common (43.1-2) ...
    Removing gstreamer1.0-pipewire:amd64 (0.3.63-2) ...
    Removing ibus-data (1.5.27-4) ...
    Removing ibus-gtk:amd64 (1.5.27-4) ...
    Removing ibus-gtk3:amd64 (1.5.27-4) ...
    Removing ibus-gtk4:amd64 (1.5.27-4) ...
    Removing im-config (0.54-1) ...
    Removing libcmark0.30.2:amd64 (0.30.2-6) ...
    Removing libcolord-gtk4-1:amd64 (0.3.0-3) ...
    Removing libunity9:amd64 (7.1.4+19.04.20190319-6+b1) ...
    Removing libunity-protocol-private0:amd64 (7.1.4+19.04.20190319-6+b1) ...
    Removing libdee-1.0-4:amd64 (1.2.7+17.10.20170616-7+b2) ...
    Removing libevview3-3:amd64 (43.1-2) ...
    Removing libevdocument3-4:amd64 (43.1-2) ...
    Removing libfreerdp-server2-2:amd64 (2.9.0+dfsg1-1) ...
    Removing libgail-3-0:amd64 (3.24.36-1) ...
    Removing libgdm1 (43.0-1) ...
    Removing libgeoclue-2-0:amd64 (2.6.0-2) ...
    Removing libgjs0g:amd64 (1.74.1-1) ...
    Removing libgnome-autoar-gtk-0-0:amd64 (0.4.3-1) ...
    Removing libgnome-autoar-0-0:amd64 (0.4.3-1) ...
    Removing libgnome-bluetooth-ui-3.0-13:amd64 (42.5-1) ...
    Removing libgsl27:amd64 (2.7.1+dfsg-3+b1) ...
    Removing libgslcblas0:amd64 (2.7.1+dfsg-3+b1) ...
    Removing libgsound0:amd64 (1.0.3-2) ...
    Removing libibus-1.0-5:amd64 (1.5.27-4) ...
    Removing libmozjs-102-0:amd64 (102.6.0-1) ...
    Removing libnss-myhostname:amd64 (252.4-1) ...
    Removing libsnapd-glib-2-1:amd64 (1.63-4) ...
    Removing libunity-scopes-json-def-desktop (7.1.4+19.04.20190319-6) ...
    Removing libxkbregistry0:amd64 (1.4.1-1) ...
    Removing libytnef0:amd64 (2.0-1+b1) ...
    Removing mutter-common (43.2-4) ...
    Removing power-profiles-daemon (0.12-1+b1) ...
    Removing realmd (0.17.1-1) ...
    Removing switcheroo-control (2.6-1+b1) ...
    Removing xwayland (2:22.1.6-1) ...
    Processing triggers for hicolor-icon-theme (0.17-2) ...
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1.1) ...
    Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:amd64 (2.74.4-1) ...
    Processing triggers for libgtk-3-0:amd64 (3.24.36-1) ...
    Processing triggers for libgtk2.0-0:amd64 (2.24.33-2) ...
    Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.36-8) ...
    Processing triggers for kaisen-menu (2.2+kaisen3) ...
    Processing triggers for man-db (2.11.2-1) ...
    Processing triggers for dbus (1.14.4-1) ...
    Processing triggers for udev (252.4-1) ...
    Processing triggers for libgtk-4-1:amd64 (4.8.3+ds-1) ...
    Processing triggers for mailcap (3.70+nmu1) ...
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.26-1) ...
    This is using a Debian Sid install so I got to think your desktop should surely be more stable than mine.
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    Re: 1-5-2023 Update Disaster... Help!!

    Thanks 1fallen! When I ran sudo apt autoremove just now, I got this:

    The following packages will be REMOVED:
    gnome gnome-control-center gnome-core gnome-remote-desktop
    task-gnome-desktop
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 5 to remove and 17 not upgraded.
    After this operation, 5,591 kB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
    (Reading database ... 267882 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing gnome (1:42+3) ...
    Removing task-gnome-desktop (3.68ubuntu2) ...
    Removing gnome-core (1:42+3) ...
    Removing gnome-control-center (1:41.7-0ubuntu0.22.04.5) ...
    Removing gnome-remote-desktop (42.7-0ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu3) ...
    Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:amd64 (2.72.4-0ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for libglib2.0-0:i386 (2.72.4-0ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for man-db (2.10.2-1) ...
    Processing triggers for mailcap (3.70+nmu1ubuntu1) ...
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.26-1ubuntu3) ...

    Then ran sudo apt install gnome-desktop and got this:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree... Done
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package gnome-desktop

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    Re: 1-5-2023 Update Disaster... Help!!

    That's not what I wanted to see, it's almost a repeat from your original post#1
    This is ok to just ignore "E: Could not find package gnome-desktop"
    Mine:
    Code:
    sudo apt install gnome-desktop
    [sudo] password for me: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree... Done
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Unable to locate package gnome-desktop
    I think oldfred pointed to it as well, it's just a meta-holder, and a mute issue.
    can you show me this then:
    Code:
    sudo apt dist-upgrade -s
    the "-s" flag is a dry run no changes will be made.
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