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Mint 15 Mega Mix - deleting some desktops

Postby DavidMcCrossan » Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:24 pm

Petlon wrote the title post on Aug 23rd, and Neil gave his solution, using a command-line code string, which I cannot seem to enter because of the nature of my International kbd giving commas instead of dits, which are not recognised by the shell.

The original post appears to have been deleted from the ¨Help¨ listings, but I need it to copy and paste Neil´s (sic) code into the bash apt-get caper.

Please would it be possible to reprint the code so that I can get rid of Mate, KDE and Unity. The crazy system drops me into Mate by default.

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Postby towy71 » Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:44 pm

That article is still there in Magazine & Coverdiscs

http://www.linuxformat.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=16210
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Postby DavidMcCrossan » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:45 pm

Many thanx Towy!

Copied and saved. Now for the biz!

At this logon I selected Cinnamon from the greeter and was dumpmed back ionto Mate... Again....

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Postby DavidMcCrossan » Mon Sep 02, 2013 4:56 pm

Towy, Problem!

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sudo apt-get --auto-remove purge $(dpkg --get-selections | awk '/^Mate/ {print $1}')
sudo: apt-get: command not found


Synaptic
[W: Unable to read /etc/apt/preferences.d/ - DirectoryExists (2: No such file or directory)
[/code]

OOPS!
I am in real trouble now. Please help.

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Postby DavidMcCrossan » Mon Sep 02, 2013 5:06 pm

Towy, further details.

Upgrade Man returns

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E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (2: No such file or directory)
E: Unable to lock the list directory


Synaptic does not work and now Update Man is bent.

Any ideas?

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Postby DavidMcCrossan » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:16 am

Further info after a long night. I kept the system alive to give me something to work with today.

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sudo undelete apt
gives cmd not found
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sudo reinstall apt
gives missing file operand (dest)
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install -- help
gives me a nightmare to wallow through.
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install apt -T
gives dest missing again
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sudo install apt /bash
gives cannot stat apt, no such file/dir.

I went looking through the filesystem, starting with /var
In /var/backups/gnome-desktop I could see a goodly list of gzip files including apt with yesterdays date on it. This morning I was not allowed access as I am not root. - Moody or what?

This gives me hope that it may be possible to reinstate apt, and therefore synaptic and perhaps recover the situation.

I will need help here, please, as I am out of my depth.

I may have stumbled on the reason for the confusion that seems to exist in the GUI booting process.

In Home/Docs/.xsession-errors I found what appears to be a very long list of warnings, from yesterday morning to date, and errors, which I will post separately.

My blood pressure is the highest it has been all year, so please make allowances for personal confusion as I am tired.

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Postby nelz » Mon Sep 09, 2013 8:03 am

Those commands you are typing are not commands, they should be arguments to apt-get, not
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sudo install XX

but
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sudo apt-get install XX


apt-get can be a bit confusing if you are not familiar with it, I recommend you look at man apt-get first.
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Postby DavidMcCrossan » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:51 pm

Thank you Neil for your sterling advice.

No wonder I have been more confused than normal.

Following 7 strokes and 1 thrombosis I find difficulty in retaining all this in memory.

There is a workaround - I shall print it out and save it next to the bash crib sheet I have saved up.

Sadly the nightmare goes on.

At run up the ACER screen informs me that I should change the cpu speed in BIOS (presently 200 of the 300 offered) and I have advice that 200 is appropriate. It goes on to say:
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cmos checksum error - Defaults loaded, system is in SAFE mode


I have no idea what to do next, as the the system rescue disk will not rum checksum for me, but I will try again.

I have asked the Linux Emporium for a quote for a new PC, and I will see if I can afford it.

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