Urgent help Accidentally broken linux mint

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Urgent help Accidentally broken linux mint

Post by vishgaur » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:20 pm

I installed pantheon linux repositories

To remove them i installed ppa-purge
And by mistake did ppa-purge to os-patches.

It removed everything and rebooted
Now can't even get to login screen. Stuck on tty1 that says wrong password always as this is already not the correct way to login. While I was inside there. I saw terminal/synaptic/soft sources everything getting uninstalled.
I even didn't look out when it said type 'yes do as i say'

Does that mean a complete reinstall?

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Re: Urgent help Accidentally broken linux mint

Post by vishgaur » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:27 pm

Now downloading iso to usb android app as I don't have any other system.
In case a reinstall is the only way.
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Re: Urgent help Accidentally broken linux mint

Post by Schultz » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:33 pm

I'm not an expert, but I'd say you're heading for a reinstall.

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Re: Urgent help Accidentally broken linux mint

Post by vishgaur » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:44 pm

I admire all replies. By the way, I highly doubt that any expert would have said anything different.
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Re: Urgent help Accidentally broken linux mint

Post by gm10 » Mon Sep 17, 2018 3:53 pm

There are ways around the re-install but given your description of your way of administering your system I believe a complete re-install would probably be the best thing that happened to your system in a long time, so I do recommend going through with that. Try to be more careful with its re-incarnation. Live and learn. ;)

PS: Don't forget to back up your data first, should you not have a current backup, anyway (if anything, situations like these teach you the value of a solid backup strategy).

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Re: Urgent help Accidentally broken linux mint

Post by vishgaur » Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:00 pm

I was thinking to reinstall MATE instead of cinnamon.
I backed up everything in external hard disk 2 days ago.
My timeshift was not working through gui and only through terminal already.
I tested several environments and decided to stick with cinnamon after testing mate. Then this happened tonight.

I must say I am very lucky that I had backed up my data.
I forgot to backup very important receipts for my career. But guess what? I'm too lucky, just plain lucky. Out of curiosity just 1 hour before this happened I integrated dropbox amd drive and saved those important files in drive and dropbox. If this isn't luck then what would luck be then. :P I agree that a reinstall is much better for me. I had a lot of junk in there that I was unable to get over with.

Android app did miracle and made usb bootable and I abused those who rated it bad :p 3 star app man and it works as described.

I used anything other than windows (just mint cinnamon 19, tara) for only 2 months and learned a lot of it. Sometimes these experiences are necessary in order to learn and live as you said.

And as I said. I welcome every reply. Thank you very much :)

P.S. I read your P.S. later :p but I included the reply already. Haha xD
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Re: Urgent help Accidentally broken linux mint

Post by ud6 » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:16 pm

But surely all your data is still there? I keep live USB for the express purpose of booting into it, copying all my data from home to backup external hard drive, and then I can do reinstall without losing data. Of course, if you have seperate home partition you can just do fresh install, on partition where file system is/was.

Since a fresh install (and reconfiguring system) for me takes about an hour, any error that takes longer to sort, I just do a reinstall :shock:

Hope it goes well

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Re: Urgent help Accidentally broken linux mint

Post by majpooper » Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:28 pm

All I can say is that I have been there more times than I can count - all brought on by my own , shall we say exploration and curiosity - a few times without backing up my data - had to learn that the hard way (yes, I know you would think once would suffice . . . so I will leave that as is without further comment). The good thing is I got a lot of experience doing clean installs.

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