I was having this problem (trust issues with apple device and linux):


I decided to "completely remove" all of those packages listed ie:

libimobiledevice-utils: 1.1.6+git20140213~ppa10
libimobiledevice4: 1.1.6+git20140213~ppa10
libplist1: 1.12~ppa4
ideviceinstaller: 1.0.1-0.2

My intention was to re-install them, hoping it would fix the issue.

I restarted the machine and now I can't login - after I enter my password at the login screen, it just quickly displays a black screen with:

Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela pc-name tty1  
pc-name login:    

And then goes back to the login screen.

I'm wondering if cinnamon was perhaps uninstalled as a related package?

Can anyone tell me how I can somehow login and reinstall those packages?

System Info

Operating System: Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon 64-bit

Cinnamon Version: 2.6.13

Linux Kernel: 3.16.0-29-generic

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    tried reinstalling said packages from a terminal and rebooting? – schaiba Nov 20 '15 at 8:01
  • could u perhaps direct me to how to undo the "complete removals" I did in synaptic package manager, via the terminal? I haven't found directions yet on Google (from my phone). – user1063287 Nov 20 '15 at 8:23
  • /var/log/apt/history.log might be what you're after. – schaiba Nov 20 '15 at 8:50


This worked for me.

01) Hit ctrl + alt + f1 on startup (make sure Function Lock is on).
02) Login at tty1.
03) Connect to wifi with:

nmcli c up uuid

For more details on this last step see:


04) Re-install these packages:

sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice4
sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice-utils  
sudo apt-get install libplist1
sudo apt-get install ideviceinstaller

// and i had to install cinnamon again

sudo apt-get install cinnamon 

05) Reboot

sudo reboot

Further Information:

Mark For Complete Removal on libimobiledevice4 causes:

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Mark For Complete Removal on libplist1 causes:

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  1. Hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 on startup (make sure Function Lock is on).
  2. Login at tty1.
  3. sudo apt-get install cinnamon
  4. Ctrl+Alt+F7

Now try logging in.

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