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    Computer Technician wainuitech's Avatar
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    WOW That's a major flaw / Oversight, doesn't matter what the OS is.

    It seems to me to be a real design flaw that allows you to easily uninstall a package that turns out to be required in order to boot into the Cinnamon desktop session.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 16-02-2017 at 07:28 AM.
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    Wrinkly Member! B.M.'s Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod J View Post
    I'm not sure why uninstalling the screensaver package could have caused that meltdown ...

    The page that wainui pointed to shows how to fix a corrupted filesystem ... I'm not sure that would be the case here.

    Can you get to a terminal prompt after the error occurs above? Does it leave you at a prompt? If not, can you get to another terminal session by holding Ctrl + Alt + F2 (or F3, F4, etc. F7 usually takes you back to the current session).

    If you can get to a prompt try this:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cinnamon

    That should re-install the Cinnamon desktop back to the defaults leaving data and settings as they are.
    Rod you’re a legend.

    Didn’t know about the Ctrl+Alt+F2 trick, but did that, entered name and number (didn’t even ask for Rank) then sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cinnamon, as you suggested, restarted and bingo, everything restored, even the Icons in their right place.

    Doesn’t get any easier, if only I knew all these tricks. Whilst on the subject, can one buy books like the old DOS ones with an explanation of all the commands and switches?

    Anyway, I guess I’d better stand down the Mint Gurus on the other forum.
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    Maybe start here

    There are plenty more you just need to look.
    Last edited by KarameaDave; 16-02-2017 at 10:30 AM.

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    Mature nerd Rod J's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.M. View Post
    Whilst on the subject, can one buy books like the old DOS ones with an explanation of all the commands and switches?
    No need to buy books, most help info is free to read online. I did buy a big thick Linux book many years ago when I first looked at using Linux (around 2001), some of it has dated somewhat but much of it is still relevant as far as the terminal commands go which have been around since the early days of Unix.

    If (like me) you are familiar with the old DOS commands, you should find this page useful:

    Also, have you checked out the "man" pages in the terminal? If there is any command you're not sure about what it does just do this: man <command>. For example: man apt-get. I use the man pages a great deal, especially as I keep forgetting stuff and need to jog my memory. You can also read the man pages online which you may find are easier to read in a webpage:

    There are some Linux online magazines too:
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