add/remove and synaptic package manager not showing

Asked by fleetothecleve

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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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

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


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fleetothecleve (fleetothecleve31) said :

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.


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

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

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Best Mike Matis (mmatis) said :

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.

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fleetothecleve (fleetothecleve31) said :

Thanks Mike Matis, that solved my question.