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Ok...so for some reason by Ubuntu 10.04 partition won't startup anymore. I'm not exactly sure what I did. I have the feeling that I accidentally removed some important packages. However, when I startup in Recovery Mode and select "dpkg: repair broken packages" I get this output:

rm: cannot remove `/var/lib/apt/lists/partial/*': No such file or directory
rm: cannot remove `/var/cache/apt/archives/partial/*': No such file or directory

Reading Cache
Reading Package lists: Done
Reading State Information: Done
Reading State Information: Done
Reading State Information: Done
No candidate ver: libisc44
No candidate ver: readahead
No candidate ver: libdirectfb-1.0-0
No candidate ver: upstart-logd
No candidate ver: libparted1.8-10
No candidate ver: libflickrnet2.1.5-cil
No candidate ver: libicu38
No candidate ver: fast-user-switch-applet
No candidate ver: linux-restricted-modules-2.6.28-11-generic
No candidate ver: libnm-util0
No candidate ver: libwebkit-1.0-1
No candidate ver: libopal3.6.1
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No candidate ver: linux-restricted-modules-common
No candidate ver: upstart-compat-sysv
No candidate ver: linux-restricted-modules-2.6.28-13-generic
No candidate ver: chromium-browser
No candidate ver: libisc45
No candidate ver: belocs-locales-bin
No candidate ver: libxcb-xlib0
No candidate ver: libpoppler4
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No candidate ver: fast-user-switch-applet
No candidate ver: linux-restricted-modules-2.6.28-11-generic
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No candidate ver: chromium-browser
No candidate ver: libisc45
No candidate ver: belocs-locales-bin
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No candidate ver: libpoppler4
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No candidate ver: libntfs-3g49
No candidate ver: libisccfg40
No candidate ver: libavahi-core5
No candidate ver: linux-restricted-modules-2.6.27-7-generic
No candidate ver: libparted1.8-9
No candidate ver: libmagickwand1
No candidate ver: linux-image-2.6.28-14-generic
No candidate ver: libraw1394-8
No candidate ver: libdatrie0
No candidate ver: libboost-program-options1.35.0
No candidate ver: libgnomekbdui3
No candidate ver: libsgutils1
No candidate ver: libass1
No candidate ver: linux-restricted-modules-2.6.28-15-generic
No candidate ver: libindicate1
No candidate ver: libgnomekbd3
No candidate ver: system-services
No candidate ver: linux-image-2.6.28-13-generic
No candidate ver: libmagick10
No candidate ver: libcolamd-3.2.0
No candidate ver: desktop-effects-kde
No candidate ver: picasa
No candidate ver: libgnome-desktop-2-7
No candidate ver: libntfs-3g28
No candidate ver: libxklavier12
No candidate ver: libgpod3
No candidate ver: libmagickcore1
No candidate ver: libffado0
No candidate ver: libzephyr3
No candidate ver: libuniconf4.4
No candidate ver: libmbca0
No candidate ver: liblwres40
No candidate ver: hotkey-setup
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No candidate ver: libopal-2.2
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No candidate ver: linux-image-2.6.28-11-generic
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No candidate ver: simgear1.0.0
No candidate ver: libpoppler-glib3
No candidate ver: mono-common
No candidate ver: libx264-65
No candidate ver: libwvstreams4.4-extras
No candidate ver: libdns43
No candidate ver: libnm-glib0
No candidate ver: libpt2.6.1
No candidate ver: libisccc40
No candidate ver: libdns45

Your system is up-to-date

There are no upgrades available for your system. The upgrade will now be canceled. 

Do you want to start the upgrade?

Continue [yN]   Details [d]

I'm assuming I'm missing each of those packages. However, when I try to install them, for example:

sudo apt-get install libisc44

I get some response that this package is missing and/or it may be part of another package.

I'm not exactly sure what I should do. I don't want to reinstall ubuntu, since I have it dual booted with Windows Vista and I don't want to risk anything on the Windows partition.

What are your thoughts?

Edit: I've posted this on Ubuntu Forums and nobody ever responded so...yah

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Your post is WAYYYYY to long. Soon as anyone sees it's length they are gong to just click back. Next time go ahead and just post a little information, something to get people hooked and interested in the problem. If they ask for the giant list, post it only then. learning how to post a question is a valuable skill. –  Daisetsu May 14 '10 at 22:35
    
Use pastebin or something. Darn. –  Shiki May 15 '10 at 7:40
    
I wasn't sure if I should post such a long question but I wasn't sure how else to do it... –  codedude May 15 '10 at 23:22
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if you'd use the code sample markdown for that big huge error it wouldn't show as quite so long -- the code sample boxes get scrollbars if they're longer than a certain size. –  quack quixote Jun 20 '10 at 19:45
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Having a dual boot doesn't prevent you from re-installing, it won't be any more risky than the initial install.

It sounds like you lost some important file, rm, being one of them. Or you path is screwed up.

Try running the command

rm 

If it tell you that the command can't be found run this

 echo $PATH

and put the output in the comments

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I'll do this and post the results as soon as I have time to play around with my ubuntu partition again...thanks for the tip. –  codedude May 15 '10 at 23:20
    
the command "rm" was not found so I tried that "echo $PATH" and I got this: /usr/loca/sbin:/user/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games –  codedude May 21 '10 at 16:42
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You seem to have deleted some system directories. Depending on the amount of the damage, you'll probably need to reinstall.

Just in case it was just that one directory, do:

sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/
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I think that I'm gonna reinstall. It'll be nice to have a clean installation. –  codedude May 15 '10 at 23:21
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