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Re: [PLUG] Minimal Ubuntu desktop build

That's kind of strange that it just goes into a shell without a login.  Maybe its at run level 1 for some reason.  As long as your prompt is NOT something like "grub>" you could try:

grub-install /dev/sda

(I'm assuming it /dev/sda it might not be so if you have other drives verify they are physically disconnected before doing this)

If both those commands work then reboot and see what happens.  If you come back to that shell again.  Try:

telinit 2


telinit 3

to see if changing the run level works.  You can also use:


to show the current and previous runlevel.

Sent from my HTC EVO 4G LTE exclusively from Sprint

----- Reply message -----
From: "Bob Schwier" <>
To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <>
Subject: [PLUG] Minimal Ubuntu desktop build
Date: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 16:28

I seem to have screwed it up.  I tried to install 12.04 from a disk created from on line.  This is  
grub directed and grub did not get updated in the attempted installation.  But, when I tried to
install, I got a statement that some initialization number was needed and I tried again and got to the
same failure mode.  When I went into the Linux partition, I got a bash type screen and I need
some advice on how to use it.  
I tried to do it through updating but the computer did not accept it.  The windows partition still
works which is what you are getting this missive on.

On Mon, 10/20/14, Eric H. Johnson <> wrote:

Subject: [PLUG] Minimal Ubuntu desktop build
To: "'Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List'" <>
Date: Monday, October 20, 2014, 10:28 PM

My keyboard is screwing up again so I apologize for any errors in e-mail etiquette.
I tried to upgrade Ubantu .
Hi all,

JP asked at dinner about doing a minimal install of Ubuntu
desktop. This is
what I did for a minimal system. I wrote up “brain dead”
instructions, so
it has much more detail than most of the people here would
need. This was
done with Ubuntu 12.04. Some things have changed since then,
so YMMV.

Download Ubuntu 12.04 Server

Install minimal Ubuntu 12.04 server

Select language
Select F4 and select "Install a minimal system"
Select language
Select Country
Detect Keyboard (usually no)
Select country of origin
Select keyboard layout
Enter host name (privacyws)
Select time zone
Full name for the new user: Privacy Workshop User
Username for your account: privacy
Password: Pick a password: privacy
Re-enter password: privacy
if prompted for "Use weak password" select yes or enter a
stronger password
Encrypt your home directory: No
Select partitioning method: Guided - use entire disk
Select disk partition:
Write changes to disk: Yes
Enter proxy information if necessary (usually not necessary
on a VM).
Select "No automatic updates"
Choose software to install: Do not select any software, just
Install the GRUB boot loader...: Yes
Installation complete: Select continue
When rebooting, power off machine

Install basic packages

Login with user name and password specified at install
Install packages as follows:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y xorg
sudo apt-get install -y gnome-core --no-install-recommends
sudo apt-get install -y gdm ubuntu-artwork compiz-gnome
sudo reboot

Resume installation from GUI environment

Select the user created at installation (Privacy)
From the status bar select "Ubuntu Classic (No Effects)"
Note: this is temporary until all software catches up.
Enter password
Select Applications | Accessories | Terminal

Change the root password:
sudo su
passwd <Set the password for root to be the same as the
local user>

Install some basic system utilities
sudo apt-get install -y synaptic alacarte firestarter
sudo apt-get install -y update-manager

Install application software as desired.


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