reinstalling camera app after deleting mistakenly

Asked by Anupam

There is an "uninstall" option for some system apps like camera and clock in "Ubuntu Store". Pressing that uninstall button deleted the camera app. Now there is no option to install it again, it's not coming up as a result after searching for "camera" in Ubuntu Store. Is there any option to install camera again? I don't want to factory reset the phone.

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

what was the name of the application in Dash? You should be able to reinstall it using apt-get

Alternatively, close software centre and run:

sudo apt-get update

Then rerun software centre. Do you see the application?

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Anupam (anupam207) said :

hi, sorry i forgot to mention i'm having this problem with my Ubuntu Touch phone, not Ubuntu desktop. I tried running "apt-get update" and "apt-get upgrade", but that didn't solve the problem

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :


apt-cache search camera

What is the output?


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Anupam (anupam207) said :

"apt-cache search camera" gives out hundreds of lines...
but, "apt-cache search camera-app" gives:

camera-app - Camera application
camera-app-autopilot - Test package for the camera app

However, the problem is solved, "apt-get install camera-app" did the trick! Yesterday I tried the same, but failed as the target directory is readable only by default. I tried "sudo mount -o remount,rw /" first to change it to rw and now the camera app is back. Thanks for your support!

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Anupam (anupam207) said :

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.

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Pat McGowan (pat-mcgowan) said :

The camera-app installed on the phone is a click package and not the deb version. The next update to the phone will likely remove it. If the phone is running the latest update available, the camera-app will be available from the store.