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Old 09-03-2010, 06:34 AM   #1
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Adding a Live USB to a repository via command line [Kubuntu 10.04]

Couple of days I go I setup VLC using Kubuntu's graphic software manager, and installed the 3 plug-ins, one of which was related to pulse. After doing this sound stopped working in flash videos. I had read, not sure where, that Kubuntu didn't use pulse (which slipped my mind when setting up VLC).

So I make the mistake of removing everything which had pulse in it's name (again, via the graphic software manager). A message popped-up saying that some packages needed to be removed/edited (a LONG list, a big clue that I was doing something stupid I guess). I let it run it's course and after that it won't boot properly.

If I boot it normally it hangs at the Kubuntu screen with the five dots filling endlessly. If I press F1 it's stuck at "checking battery status."

Recovery mode boots, but the recovery option does nothing.

So I was wondering if I could boot into recovery mode and go into the terminal and add a live USB as a repository for apt, and try to salvage the install?

Or should I admit defeat and reinstall?
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You should be able to do this with apt-cdrom. Just put and entry in your /etc/fstab and then pass the correct argument to the -d option.

Eg, something like:
echo "/dev/sdb1       /media/usb     auto    rw,user,noauto  0       0" >> /etc/fstab
mkdir /media/usb
apt-cdrom -d /media/usb add
apt-get install whatever
Where I'm assuming the the usb stick will appear at /dev/sdb1.

But this all prompts the question: why can't you just use apt-get as usual and install packages from the repositories on the network?


PS. There should be no need to reinstall.


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