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Old 05-28-2019, 03:22 AM   #1
Nitya Deva
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uninstall programms, restore previous system-state?

I have recently (yesterday) installed an amount of application. Now my system is not as fast anymore as I think it should be. Is there a possibility to easily uninstall everything of the last 24 hours? I am happy to be able to see the new programs via the terminal, but the command
sudo apt-get remove --purge
always says:
E: Paket automake.md5sums kann nicht gefunden werden.
E: Mittels des Musters »automake.md5sums« konnte kein Paket gefunden werden.
E: Mittels regulärem Ausdruck »automake.md5sums« konnte kein Paket gefunden werden.

Which means that the application couldn't be found. And it seems it doesn't matter what name I enter instead of automake.md5sums!

So, how to uninstall the latest programs or maybe how to restore an earlier system-state?

Thank you very much!
Old 05-28-2019, 03:31 AM   #2
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exact error messages are important. Please
export LANG=C
in your terminal before running commands and posting the output.

What program do you want to remove? The apt package system does not have a feature to restore systems to an earlier state. You can can however remove packages.


P.S. automake.md5sums is not the name of package, but it should be on your system if you installed the automake package.

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Old 05-28-2019, 03:53 AM   #3
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sudo apt-get remove --purge
needs a package name. Normal use is:

sudo apt purge packagename
If you're running Mint and have TimeShift installed, you can restore a previous snapshot. If you haven't any system backups/snapshots/images you can revert to, then find out what you've installed recently via the APT log (/var/log/apt/history.log) and purge those newly-installed packages.
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Originally Posted by Nitya Deva View Post
this is not a package.
it's a file, i guess.
do you just want to remove that file?
cd ~/wherever/that/file/is
rm automake.md5sums
would be sufficient?

to answer your original question:
"uninstall programms, restore previous system-state?"
- you should use some sort of backup & restore software.
I believe mint users like Timeshift, I personally use borgbackup, many sysadmins swear on rsync.


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