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I used sudo rm -r /etc/apt and my apt folder in file system got deleted because of which i am not able even to use Internet in terminal also.can any body suggest me how to back up my apt folder in file system

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Little late to run backups now. Generally you should be backing up your important data before you destroy it.

I would suggest, in the following order:

  • reinstall
  • copy /etc/apt from an identically-configured machine
  • debootstrap a debian install into a directory somewhere, install the necessary packages (check your package manager log for clues), then copy back /etc/apt
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I am a bit confused as to why you would be unable to use the Internet in your terminal - /etc/apt/ (essentially) only governs how you retrieve new Debian packages. Can you still do a 'ping www.google.com' from the command line? If that does not work, you have issues that go beyond a lost /etc/apt/

You should be able to recreate a working /etc/apt relatively easily - the only thing that you can't live without is /etc/apt/sources.list. There are also two directories that apt requires, but they can be empty.

Try the following:

mkdir -p /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/
mkdir -p /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
echo 'deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stable main' > /etc/apt/sources.list

In the last line, change 'stable' to whatever you are using, and add 'non-free' and/or 'contrib' at the end of the line, if needed.

Then do an apt-get update, and you should be back in business.

You'll still have to add any extra repositories you had in your sources.list, and and deb-src line corresponding to the deb line, but the basics should be covered.

Good luck!

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