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I am new here. I was facing issues with emacs-snapshot sourced from a PPA, so I tried following these instructions (blindly =/), and

sudo apt-get remove `apt-cache search emacs | awk '{print $1}'` --purge

took out a big chunk of Ubuntu 12.04 including Software Center, System Settings and probably a few other things that I am not immediately missing. I was able to install Software Center back with which I tried to install System Settings unsuccessfully (it tried to install the KDE version).

Does anyone know how I can get System Settings back without reinstalling Ubuntu?

PS: I am also missing the clock on the top-right which is usually next to the menu button containing shutdown/display/etc. settings.

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sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

should get you every thing back that is installed by default. Replace ubuntu-desktop with kubuntu-desktop if you are using Kubuntu (KDE).

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Did you know you can accidentally uninstall individual settings from the system settings. This fixed it. – PyRulez Apr 28 '14 at 22:59

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