add/remove and synaptic package manager not showing

Asked by fleetothecleve on 2009-04-30

I accidentally uninstalled synaptic and not it's not showing along with my add/remove program under application. How can I fix this without reinstalling?

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Mike Matis
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in terminal:

sudo apt-get --reinstall install synaptic

I used reinstall purely so that the install would be smooth. Personally I ALWAYS uninstall synaptic, aptitude and gdebi as I ONLY use apt-get to install / uninstall and apt-cache to search for packages

Peace

I'm pretty new to all of this, so you'll have to forgive me, but I'm not entirely sure if your explanation is completely English....

I figured out how to open a terminal, but I don't know how to use it properly. Also, I went to Places > Search for File and I did a search for synaptic, found it and reinstalled it. But the Add/Remove program under Applications is still not showing in the drop-down menu. Do you know if I can recover that too?

Thanks you for your time and patience.

Tim

you shouldn't need to do that

the reinstallation of the package will put the icons in the right place

Once you have the terminal open, copy and paste the command I gave into the terminal and it will fix it for you.

You can also launch synaptic from terminal with

gksudo synaptic

Best Mike Matis (mmatis) said : #4

Folks, I fixed this for fleetofcleve in a different thread. For posterity, here's the solution that worked for him:

- Right-click on the Application menu and select "Edit Menus"
- In window that appears, look in the right-hand column. Towards the bottom there should be the "Add/Remove..." selection. Make sure the checkbox next to it is checked.
- If for some reason it is not there, click the "New Item" button and fill out the box that appears as follows:
Type: Application
Name: Add/Remove...
Command: /usr/bin/gnome-app-install
Comment: Install and remove applications
- Click OK and your new Add/Remove Icon should be in the menu. Click close.
- If that doesn't work, The program "Synaptic," which you used above, performs the same job, though it is less "pretty" and more complex.

Thanks Mike Matis, that solved my question.