How To Repair Linux Mint

Linux Mint, often acclaimed for its stability and user-friendliness, sometimes also experiences difficulties and issues. Whether it is a problematic software or a system crash, Linux Mint offers various recovery options. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the steps to repair your Linux Mint system.

Creating a System Snapshot with Timeshift

One of the best ways to protect yourself from any potential issues is to create regular system snapshots using Timeshift. Timeshift allows you to save a copy of your system at a specific point in time, and you can revert back to that point if you ever run into trouble.

Below is the command to install Timeshift:

sudo apt-get install timeshift

Once you’ve installed Timeshift, you can create a system snapshot with the following command:

sudo timeshift –create

Fixing Broken Packages

Another common issue you might face on Linux Mint is broken packages. Thankfully, these can easily be fixed with the package manager.

The command to fix broken packages is as follows:

sudo apt-get install -f

Booting into Recovery Mode

If your system won’t boot properly, you can try booting into recovery mode. This mode starts your system with a minimum set of drivers and services, so you can troubleshoot and find out what’s causing the problem.

To do this, reboot your system and hold down the ‘Shift’ key as it starts up. This will bring you to the GRUB boot menu. Choose the ‘Advanced options for Linux Mint’ and then the ‘recovery mode’.

Using the Terminal to Repair the System

If at any point you’re unable to boot into your system, using the terminal can still allow you to perform repairs. Boot from a live USB or DVD and open the terminal. You may need to mount your system’s root partition using commands like those shown below:

sudo mkdir /mnt/myroot
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/myroot

Replace ‘sda1’ with your system’s root partition. You can identify your root partition with the command: lsblk -f

Once you’ve mounted your root partition, you can chroot into it with the command: sudo chroot /mnt/myroot

Now you’re in your system’s root in the terminal, and you can perform your repairs.


With these methods, you should be able to repair most of the common issues you might encounter with Linux Mint. Remember, prevention is better than cure. Regular snapshots with Timeshift can save you from a lot of headaches down the line. Happy troubleshooting!