Recovering a failed upgrade to Ubuntu 16.04

I got messaged during one of my upgrades from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 that

systemd-sysv
init
gvfs

failed to install. At the end of the install, it said the install had failed, and it was going to revert with dpkg --configure -a. From previous experience with Ubuntu 14.04 upgrades, I knew this would fail, so I:

  1. opened a second Terminal, WITHOUT clicking close on that error and typed:

     apt install gvfs init systemd-sysv
    

    which installed tons of packages–the ones that failed depending on them.

  2. in the same new Terminal, I typed:

     reboot
    

    and my PC magically worked with Ubuntu 16.04

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