Broken python dependencies after trying to re-install

I had several installations of python on my ubuntu 18.04 system and tried to uninstall all necessary ones and just properly reinstall python3.6

So i deleted all folders that were listed under whereis python, probably that was a bad idea.

Now if I run sudo apt-get install python3.6 it returns

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
python3.6 is already the newest version (3.6.5-3).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded.
4 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Setting up python3.6-minimal (3.6.5-3) ...
Could not find platform independent libraries <prefix>
Consider setting $PYTHONHOME to <prefix>[:<exec_prefix>]
Fatal Python error: Py_Initialize: Unable to get the locale encoding
ModuleNotFoundError: No module named 'encodings'

Current thread 0x00007f814f83c740 (most recent call first):
Aborted
dpkg: error processing package python3.6-minimal (--configure):
 installed python3.6-minimal package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 134
Setting up python-minimal (2.7.15~rc1-1) ...
/var/lib/dpkg/info/python-minimal.postinst: 4: /var/lib/dpkg/info/python-minimal.postinst: python2.7: not found
dpkg: error processing package python-minimal (--configure):
 installed python-minimal package post-installation script subprocess returned error exit status 127
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of python3.6:
 python3.6 depends on python3.6-minimal (= 3.6.5-3); however:
  Package python3.6-minimal is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package python3.6 (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of python3.6-dev:
 python3.6-dev depends on python3.6 (= 3.6.5-3); however:
  Package python3.6 is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package python3.6-dev (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
 python3.6-minimal
 python-minimal
 python3.6
 python3.6-dev
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

I then tried to update the minimal package with sudo apt-get install -f --reinstall python3.6-minimal but that returns

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded.
4 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
E: Internal Error, No file name for python3.6-minimal:amd64

I’m not really an experienced linux user, so I’m quite stuck here. Does someone have an idea how I can fix my python installation?

Here is Solutions:

We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first solution because it is tested & true solution that will 100% work for you.

Solution 1

dpkg: error processing package python3.6-minimal (–configure):
dpkg: error processing package python3.6 (–configure):
dpkg: error processing package python3.6-dev (–configure):

You have 3 dpkg package error to need reconfigure, one thing to do that follow

sudo dpkg --configure -a

i see you have 4 package not upgraded

Reading state information... Done
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded.
4 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.

Make sure all package had been updated and upgraded, run

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get autoremove

if the output log said

Errors were encountered while processing:  
python3.6-minimal  
python-minimal  
python3.6  
python3.6-dev

try to type sudo apt-get install --fix-broken

if you still have error encountered while processing that package, try to purge and remove all python and reinstall it again, follow

sudo apt-get purge python* && sudo apt-get autoclean && sudo apt-get install python*

Hope this helps.

Note: Use and implement solution 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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