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Old 06-20-2014, 01:35 AM   #1
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Red face Is there a way to restore Ubuntu to previouse state?

I just did something very stupid, I removed the following files:

using synaptic package manager and it erased most of my programs and now I can't even see the folders in my directories, just simple white sheets of paper for icons with names at the bottom. Is there a way to redo what I just did? Or maybe just to set Ubuntu back to the defalut settings so I get most of the programs back?

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Old 06-20-2014, 03:24 AM   #2
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I guess you mean packages and not files.
Why not just try reinstalling the packages you deleted? Is there a reason you don't want to do that?
Old 06-20-2014, 03:30 AM   #3
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I can try to reinstall all packages but I just thought there would be a faster way to go back to the previous state or to a default state. Another thing is I don't know what the packages are called. I reinstalled synaptic and ubuntu-desktop and genome-terminal but as for the rest of them, I don't know the names. Is there a way to tell which packages were installed on a fresh install of Ubuntu precise?
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Installing the package 'ubuntu-desktop' will reinstall any and all packages in a fresh Ubuntu install.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
See here:
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:55 PM   #5
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Thanks, that is exactly what I did.
Old 06-20-2014, 03:59 PM   #6
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My only suggession is use VMs.

I personally prefer installing any OS on a virtual machine (VM-Ware, VirtualBox etc).
And I don't use the physical host for anything else.
It won't really affect performance for most desktop applications, but it's way safer.
And "full backup" takes only a few seconds, as well as recovery to any saved snapshot.
That would keep you out of similar hassles in the future.


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