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Thread: umm... guys i think i broke linux(ubuntu)...

  1. #1
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    Exclamation umm... guys i think i broke linux(ubuntu)...

    I haven't loaded up my Ubuntu OS in a while when i did this morning the Software Center kept crashing and said something was wrong so i tried sudo apt-get update and it said that the headers were missing here is the error from Terminal
    Reading package lists... Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_quantal-security_main_i18n_Translation-en
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

    I apologise in advance if this is a simple fix but I'm a total noob when it comes to Linux.
    Thank you for your time.
    Saluq

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    Re: umm... guys i think i broke linux(ubuntu)...

    Open a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-t) and run the following commands one at a time
    Code:
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
    
    sudo apt-get update

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    Re: umm... guys i think i broke linux(ubuntu)...

    try this code
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install -f

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    Re: umm... guys i think i broke linux(ubuntu)...

    fails at first step here is the error
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
    rm: cannot remove `/var/lib/apt/lists/partial': Is a directory

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    Re: umm... guys i think i broke linux(ubuntu)...

    Quote Originally Posted by alan9800 View Post
    try this code
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install -f
    and it works you sir are a god thank you very much

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    Re: umm... guys i think i broke linux(ubuntu)...

    Oops, that should've been
    Code:
    sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf

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