Today I installed Cinnamon 1.4 but when I log in to it I can't see any panels, just my background image. Can you tell me how to log in to Unity using the terminal and how to remove Cinnamon?

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    How did you install it? – ændrük May 26 '12 at 17:09
  • installed it using terinal, addded PPA ant then typed: sudo apt-get install cinnamon. – Alen May 26 '12 at 17:40
  • Isn't this question is out of the scope of askubuntu? – Ravi May 27 '12 at 11:10

From your post on Ubuntu Forums

Boot into Recovery mode and type this for the var/apt/cache error:
sudo mount -n -o remount /

Then disable auto login from virtual console by doing the following
sudo nano /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Some of the lines should look like this


Just put a # before all lines starting with autologin

Then whenever you boot into Ubuntu just change the login to unity from the lightdm's login screen options

Also you might want to remove Cinnamon
Then type in the terminal

sudo apt-get --purge autoremove cinnamon

Hope that helps.

  • it says that it can't access apt. is there any way to login to Unity from root and then I can fix the rest – Alen May 26 '12 at 17:41
  • @Alen you can login into recovery mode during boot and then use the command. i have no idea how to login into unity. – Ashu May 26 '12 at 17:43
  • I did that, I can't access Terminal in GUI mode – Alen May 26 '12 at 17:49
  • You mean you selected recovery mode during boot then drop to root shell? – Ashu May 26 '12 at 18:05
  • when booting your screen should look like this then select the recovery mode from the list – Ashu May 26 '12 at 18:09

I fixed this:


  • Though the answer may theoretically correct, It is preferable to put the necessary details here, and put the link for reference – Anwar Jul 31 '12 at 5:49

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