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I installed Ubuntu 13.04 a few days back, dual-booting with Windows. I mainly use Python 2.7, so I installed that (I downloaded the .tar.gz file from, but for some reason (_tkinter could not be found), I could not use Tkinter. I tried various ways of installed Tkinter/Tk, but they didn't work, so I thought I should uninstall it and reinstall it. In the terminal, this was my command: sudo apt-get remove python2.7. However, this removed Python 3.3, which came pre-installed. Thus, one by one the applications stopped working and I had to restart my computer. Now, I can log in to Ubuntu but nothing appears on the desktop. No dock, nothing. Not much of a problem, since I still have Windows 7 installed.

I also booted Ubuntu with advanced-options and then used the root to try to reinstall Python 3.3 (sudo apt-get install python3.3) but it said I have the latest version installed already.

However, I just checked using a partition manager (DiskInternals Linux Reader), and Python 3.3 is still there, at /usr/lib/python3.3. Could this be another problem then? If so, how can I fix it?

I don't want to reinstall Ubuntu because when I first installed it, it reset Windows (located on my C drive, my D drive remained unaffected) back to its defaults, and I had to reinstall all of my programs.

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if you could provide us the list of pkg's uninstalled then more we can solve your issue. – Raja Aug 5 '13 at 16:38
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open your terminal with CTRL+ALT+T and type as

sudo apt-get install --reinstall python3.3 

that will fix your issue.

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I can't access the terminal directly; like I said nothing shows up once I log in. I can use the root terminal by booting Ubuntu with advanced options... Would that work as well? – Rushy Panchal Aug 5 '13 at 16:35
I will update my answer with how to open terminal with KB – Raja Aug 5 '13 at 16:37
I have tried that before, and it did not do anything. I just tried now, and still nothing happens when I tried Ctrl+Alt+T. – Rushy Panchal Aug 5 '13 at 16:42
yup! type ctrl+alt+f1 and then login there. then you can continue. – Raja Aug 5 '13 at 16:43
seems to be Unity broken , now issue will be new. try this sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-desktop – Raja Aug 5 '13 at 17:02

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