Ubuntu: I run `sudo apt-get remove python2.7`, can I restore my Ubuntu now?


I wanted to remove and reinstall python2.7 interpreter on 12.04

But when I did sudo apt-get remove python2.7, The crazy terminal started to remove everything!!! Any idea how I can restore whatever I've removed?


While reinstalling Ubuntu is probably the easiest way, it's worth pointing out that it's possible to recover without reinstalling everything.

To do this, manually download the python2.7 package (and its dependencies), and manually install them using dpkg (bypassing APT, which requires Python). Once that's installed, apt should work again, and so apt-get install ubuntu-desktop will restore your system. (If apt-get still doesn't work, you might also need to download and install any missing dependencies.)

In the future, if you need to reinstall a package, instead use

sudo apt-get install --reinstall python2.7  


sudo aptitude reinstall python2.7  

which reinstalls the package without having to remove the dependencies.


Removing Python is not a good idea as much of Ubuntu depends on it. You may have seen a warning telling you which packages depend on python and thus will be removed with Python. When proceeding you end up with a quite stripped down OS.

Reinstalling Ubuntu would now be the easiest and safest way to get it back. Take care not to delete your HOME when you do so.


If it's not too late for anyone, or if you have come across this problem lately, this is how I got it running:

I followed Mechanical snail's advice and downloaded all the packages using Synaptic. I selected all the relevant packages, basically everything with "python", "python2", "python3", "apt", "python-apt", etc., that was already installed in my computer, tagged them for reinstallation, and when I hit apply, I made sure I downloaded them only.

Then, under root, I went into the /var/cache/apt/archives folder and ran the following command to manually re-install everything I downloaded (you will see all the packages you downloaded with Synaptic in here):

dpkg --unpack *.deb  

Anyway, I was getting this apt_pkg error whenever I would get an error message from a Python script in Aptana, and yesterday when I was trying to add a repo. Now at least I can add the repo with no problem, but I'm still getting the apt_pkg error whenever there is an error in my Python scripts...

Running the script outside of Aptana by calling python3.2 or python3 which points at 3.2 works (meaning I get the script's error without the apt_pkg error), but if I run it with python3.3 then the error is back.


I also had the same problem. And I was able to fix it going to ctrl+alt+f1, logged in with my username and password then:

    sudo apt-get update      sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop  

And it reinstalled most (if not all) the deleted files (along with unity and terminal) :D


You need to execute this: apt-get install ubuntu-desktop
and then apt-get install gdm. When asked lightdm or gdm select gdm.
both as root or using sudo


sudo apt-get purge python && sudo apt-get install python2.7
sudo apt-get install python-pip
removes and reinstalls python and pip, then you can install apps like flask, bottle and many others
eg sudo pip install flask
try to install your apps with python


During un-installation of Python, I abruptly closed the terminal. Hence Python was partially removed. I fixed it with the following commands

sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop  sudo apt-get install â€"-reinstall python-apt  sudo apt-get install â€"-reinstall python2.7  


In a fit of senseless haste I removed python 2.7 and it removed a lot of packages that were dependent on it. I could not even launch terminal.

I dropped to tty1 and did what Lois Mari Ang Laput suggested

sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop  

I got back the desktop and could launch terminal. Packages like shutter, mysql-workbench, that were removed needed to be reinstalled.

I checked the history in /var/log/apt and reinstalled all packages that were removed.


you can recover using live CD using chroot

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