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I purged gnome but when I'm at the login screen I can only log in with gnome: if I try to change shell everything is blank. Logging in with gnome lead to a black screen and I can't even open the terminal.

When running

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop

I get the same results as this I tried those answers with no luck. I also tried all the solutions and various command lines here without finding a solution.

I would like to get the standard Ubuntu shell, I don't use unity.

  • What version of Ubuntu is this on? 17.10 and newer, the default shell is GNOME, so purging it won't help. Are you saying you're getting the stock GNOME rather than the Ubuntu modified GNOME? – dobey Mar 29 '18 at 16:49
  • I'm on 16.04. Yes that's it, but I'm not getting either just a black screen and some icons – Emma T. Mar 29 '18 at 22:19
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I was able to run sudo apt-get -f install after this:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get remove gnome-backgrounds
    sudo apt-get remove --auto-remove gnome-backgrounds
    sudo apt-get remove gnome-session
    sudo apt-get autoremove
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
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