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    Hi there. I'm a new guy who's in a bit of a fix and I was wondering if someone could help.

    I've had 11.04 for about a month now(installed it to run within Windows), and I've already become addicted to it.
    I've installed a few programs on here since, and earlier today I thought I might try installing 'Kate', one of the fancier text editors out there. Unfortunately, I ran into a bit of a problem.

    My computer is a 3-year-old Toshiba, and while it's pretty reliable 90% of the time, it does unfortunately have the occasional overheating issue, which causes the computer to switch off(presumably a safety feature, I would think).

    Unfortunately, this issue occurred a few hours ago, just as I had started installing Kate. Now, this had occurred on a few previous occasions, where the computer happened to overheat and power off while I was in the middle of downloading a program, but I had never had any problems. This time was different; upon rebooting, I was informed that the Software Index was broken.

    I have already tried the terminal options but nothing seems to work. Is there any way I can repair this without having to re-install Ubuntu? My system in general seems to be working fine, except for the fact that I can't install or uninstall any programs, and I'd like to have this fixed ASAP.

    I really do need the help.

    (BTW, here are some screenshots that may prove to be helpful: )
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    Re: Software Index broken on Natty Narwhal. Can anyone help?

    I have already tried the terminal options but nothing seems to work. Is there any way I can repair this without having to re-install Ubuntu?
    From a terminal
    Code:
    sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/* -vf
    then run
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
    and post output.

    Good Luck
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    Talking Thanks, plucky, it definitely worked. =)

    Quote Originally Posted by plucky View Post
    From a terminal
    Code:
    sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/* -vf
    then run
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
    and post output.

    Good Luck
    Okay, plucky. This is what I got after I did that.

    stevenspc@ubuntu:~$ sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/* -vf
    [sudo] password for stevenspc:
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0000'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0001'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0002'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0003'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0004'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0005'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0006'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0007'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0008'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0009'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0010'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0011'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0012'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0013'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0014'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0015'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0016'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0017'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0018'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0019'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0020'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0021'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0022'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0023'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0024'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0025'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0026'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0027'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0028'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0029'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0030'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0031'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0032'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0033'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0034'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0035'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0036'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0037'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0038'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0039'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0040'
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    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0043'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0044'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0045'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0046'
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    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0050'
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    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0058'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0059'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0060'
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    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0062'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0063'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0064'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0065'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0066'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0067'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0068'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0069'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0070'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0071'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0072'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0073'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0074'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0075'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0076'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0077'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0078'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0079'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0080'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0081'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0082'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0083'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0084'
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    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0086'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0087'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0088'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0089'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0090'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0091'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0092'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0093'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0094'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0095'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0096'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0097'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0098'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0099'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0100'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0101'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0102'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0103'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0104'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0105'
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    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0107'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0108'
    removed `/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0109'
    stevenspc@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
    stevenspc@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
    stevenspc@ubuntu:~$
    BTW, thanks for the help, plucky. That just solved my problem because I was finally able to install Kate.

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    Re: Software Index broken on Natty Narwhal. Can anyone help?

    That fixed a similar problem for me on 12.10 when my pc froze during an update. Thx.
    The command; sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/* -vf
    Removes all the files in the updates folder?
    Anyway, Thx.

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