Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my Asus tf101 and wanted to strip it down a little bit removed the desktop environment and any application that comes with it.

By doing this I accidentally removed apt-get (don't ask).

Now I want to reinstall it, but I can't find a single forum post or blog issuing this problem and I have no idea how to do it.

Can somebody please help me?

(And please don't ask why I don't just install Ubuntu server, installing Ubuntu on this thing was a pain already.)

share|improve this question
Why didn't you install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS? 11.10 support ends soon but LTS releases get a way longer support window. – japzone Mar 29 '13 at 14:51
@japzone Fortunately, 11.10 can be upgraded to 12.04 LTS quite easily. (vinniethepooh: I recommend this; after sometime next month you won't even get security updates for 11.10.) – Eliah Kagan Mar 29 '13 at 16:50
@EliahKagan Yeah, I was just wondering why he was running 11.10, but he replied below saying it was an Android tablet port, so that explains it. – japzone Mar 29 '13 at 17:03
@EliahKagan i am doing the upgrade right now, just had to free up some space, my root is just 2 gigs – vinniethepooh Mar 29 '13 at 18:23
up vote 8 down vote accepted

Why 11.10? That's going out of support in a month... I'll actually be easier and faster to reinstall, using a newer version.

If you really want to stick to the old version, download (32 bit) or (if you have a 64-bit system) and install with sudo dpkg -i apt_*.deb.

share|improve this answer
thanks for the links and the really quick response! 11.10 because it's actually an android tablet and i found this tutorial using 11.10. which i certainly couldn't install myself. wanted do upgrade to 12.10 but didn't have enough space left, that's why i wanted to strip it down completely and install lubuntu-desktop. it's arm actually.. – vinniethepooh Mar 29 '13 at 14:51
uname -m outputs armv7l – vinniethepooh Mar 29 '13 at 14:55
I don't know the exact url to the arm package. You should look at your sources.list to find the mirror, then go to that mirror, to the pool/main/a/apt/ directory and download the correct .deb file for armv7l (version 0.8.16~exp5ubuntu13). – Dennis Kaarsemaker Mar 29 '13 at 14:56
This may be the one:… – Dennis Kaarsemaker Mar 29 '13 at 14:59
thanks! so here's the mirror . i guess i just download all the debs labeled with 0.8.16~exp5ubuntu13_armel – vinniethepooh Mar 29 '13 at 15:08

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.