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[Bug 1831280] Re: Main menu of many applications is gone


I didn't say the multitude of random issues "spontaneously appear".

My point is that the desktop is tested as a set of packages delivered
together. There are dependencies, and expectations. It's not uncommon
for users to run commands to install or remove software from their
system which they copy/pasted from a blog or other guide. Sometimes
these guides suggest doing things which can end up removing core
packages from the system. The command will have alerted the user, but
the user may not understand the implications. I noted that your system
is old, having been installed from a 13.04 ISO. There's the very real
possibility that something you did in the 6 years since then as
inadvertently removed a package which the desktop needs for normal
operation. It's also possible that this hasn't happened. The commands I
gave will simply install the 'ubuntu-desktop' "task" which will in turn
make sure all the expected dependencies are installed. Nothing more. It
may actually do nothing at all, if they're all there. Or it might. It's
just a handy one-liner that I've used many times to 'reset' things back
to a working state.

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