Thank you ukjuki and Satyaueer Arya for responding
Synaptic shows menu as already installed; Tried to mark for removal; fails because of missing update-menus; tried sudo apt-get remove menu; fails again because of missing update-menus; tried sudo apt-get purge menu; failed for same reason. Then decided to take a short cut by copying update-menus from another laptop using a usb stick; sudo su to get # prompt; #cp -a /usr/bin/update-menus /media/backup then #cp -a /media/backup/update-menus /usr/bin. ls /usr/bin and update-menus was there; apt-get remove menu worked. (update-menus was gone as expected); back to synaptic menu was removed.checked menu for installation and everything was fine, and update-menus was back in /usr/bin. I am sure there must be a more elegant way to proceed, but that worked for me. while update-menus was missing a tentative upgrade to a package with kernel 188.8.131.52 left me with a scrambled screen, now i can boot with 184.108.40.206 and its ok.
Last edited by kogev; 03-12-2012 at 04:03 PM.