If you accidently deselect a bunch of critical packages, and end up practically removing your entire system, you need to quit dselect with a ctrl-C or using Esc, X or maybe even R. NOT Q LIKE I STUPIDLY DID. Now, if you made the mistake, you need to compare with your (automated) backups:

diff /var/lib/dpkg/status /var/backups/dpkg.status.0

And fix it by hand.

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