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    Apt-get software sources.list issue

    I use Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop 32-bit
    whenever i try to run sudo apt-get <anything except purge>, i get the following error:
    E: Type '' is not known on line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list
    E: The list of sources could not be read.


    I tried replacing the sources.list with the default, from my friend's newly installed Ubuntu 12.04, but i still got the same error.

    This is my sources.list file:
    Code:
    ## deb cdrom:[Ubuntu 12.04 LTS _Precise Pangolin_ - Release i386 (20120423)]/ precise main restricted
    
    ## See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
    ## newer versions of the distribution
    deb http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
    deb-src http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
    
    ## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
    ## distribution.
    deb http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted
    deb-src http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted
    
    ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
    ## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
    ## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    deb http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise universe
    deb-src http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise universe
    deb http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates universe
    deb-src http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates universe
    
    ## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu 
    ## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to 
    ## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in 
    ## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
    ## security team.
    deb http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise multiverse
    deb-src http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise multiverse
    deb http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates multiverse
    deb-src http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates multiverse
    
    ## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
    ## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
    ## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
    ## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
    ## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
    deb http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    deb-src http://in.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-backports main restricted universe multiverse
    
    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted
    deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted
    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security universe
    deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security universe
    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse
    deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security multiverse
    
    ## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
    ## 'partner' repository.
    ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
    ## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
    # deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
    # deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner
    
    ## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by third-party
    ## developers who want to ship their latest software.
    deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
    deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise main
    
    ##ADDED BY ELAN: for GATE
    deb http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-updates main universe
    Software center closed immediately whenever I opened it , so i opened it from terminal and got this:
    Code:
    2012-07-12 11:07:43,901 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.app - INFO - setting up proxy 'None'
    2012-07-12 11:07:43,905 - softwarecenter.db.database - INFO - open() database: path=None use_axi=True use_agent=True
    2012-07-12 11:07:44,171 - softwarecenter.backend.reviews - WARNING - Could not get usefulness from server, no username in config file
    2012-07-12 11:07:44,306 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.app - INFO - show_available_packages: search_text is '', app is None.
    2012-07-12 11:07:44,341 - softwarecenter.db.pkginfo_impl.aptcache - INFO - aptcache.open()
    2012-07-12 11:07:44,351 - softwarecenter.backend.spawn_helper - WARNING - exit code 1 from helper for '['/usr/share/software-center/piston_generic_helper.py', '--datadir', '/usr/share/software-center/', 'RatingsAndReviewsAPI', 'review_stats', '{"days": 14}']'
    2012-07-12 11:07:44,352 - softwarecenter.backend.spawn_helper - WARNING - got error from helper: 'WARNING:__main__:connecting to http://reviews.ubuntu.com/reviews/api/1.0: 
    '
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/pkginfo_impl/aptcache.py", line 243, in open
        self._cache = apt.Cache(GtkMainIterationProgress())
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 102, in __init__
        self.open(progress)
      File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 145, in open
        self._cache = apt_pkg.Cache(progress)
    SystemError: E:Type '' is not known on line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list, E:The list of sources could not be read., E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    2012-07-12 11:07:45,162 - softwarecenter.db.enquire - ERROR - _get_estimate_nr_apps_and_nr_pkgs failed
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/enquire.py", line 115, in _get_estimate_nr_apps_and_nr_pkgs
        tmp_matches = enquire.get_mset(0, len(self.db), None, xfilter)
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/appfilter.py", line 89, in __call__
        if (not pkgname in self.cache and
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/pkginfo_impl/aptcache.py", line 263, in __contains__
        return self._cache.__contains__(k)
    AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute '__contains__'
    Traceback (most recent call last):
      File "/usr/bin/software-center", line 176, in <module>
        app.run(args)
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/app.py", line 1420, in run
        self.show_available_packages(args)
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/app.py", line 1350, in show_available_packages
        self.view_manager.set_active_view(ViewPages.AVAILABLE)
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/session/viewmanager.py", line 154, in set_active_view
        view_widget.init_view()
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/panes/availablepane.py", line 168, in init_view
        self.apps_filter)
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 237, in __init__
        self.build(desktopdir)
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 504, in build
        self._build_homepage_view()
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 270, in _build_homepage_view
        self._append_whats_new()
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 443, in _append_whats_new
        whats_new_cat = self._update_whats_new_content()
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 432, in _update_whats_new_content
        docs = whats_new_cat.get_documents(self.db)
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/categories.py", line 124, in get_documents
        nonblocking_load=False)
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/enquire.py", line 317, in set_query
        self._blocking_perform_search()
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/enquire.py", line 212, in _blocking_perform_search
        matches = enquire.get_mset(0, self.limit, None, xfilter)
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/appfilter.py", line 89, in __call__
        if (not pkgname in self.cache and
      File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/pkginfo_impl/aptcache.py", line 263, in __contains__
        return self._cache.__contains__(k)
    AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute '__contains__'

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    Re: Apt-get software sources.list issue

    open a terminal & run:

    sudo apt-get clean
    sudo apt-get autoclean
    sudo apt-get autoremove

    and remove (or comment out, by adding # in front of the line) the latest sources.list line:

    ( you only want/need "precise", surely not "hardy" )

    ##ADDED BY ELAN: for GATE
    deb http://cz.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu hardy-updates main universe

    and use the main server:

    instead of: http://in.archive .....
    replace by: http://archive .... for all the related lines

    then update again

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    Re: Apt-get software sources.list issue

    Thanks for pointing out the hardy-precise mixup. I have commented it out.

    Unfortunately, the problem still persists. I tried using a new sources.list from http://repogen.simplylinux.ch/ too, but end up with the same result.

    Now, I ran the three commands you gave me:

    1. sudo apt-get clean
      • this ran without any results i.e. there was no information displayed, the next line came with the cursor

    2. sudo apt-get autoclean
      • Code:
        Reading package lists... Done
        Building dependency tree       
        Reading state information... Done
        E: Type '' is not known on line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list
        E: The list of sources could not be read.

    3. sudo apt-get autoremove
      • Code:
        Reading package lists... Done
        Building dependency tree       
        Reading state information... Done
        The following packages will be REMOVED:
          kde-l10n-de kde-l10n-engb kde-l10n-zhcn language-pack-de
          language-pack-de-base language-pack-kde-de
          language-pack-kde-de-base language-pack-kde-en
          language-pack-kde-en-base language-pack-kde-zh-hans
          language-pack-kde-zh-hans-base language-pack-zh-hans
          language-pack-zh-hans-base
        0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 13 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
        After this operation, 96.1 MB disk space will be freed.
        Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
        (Reading database ... 235627 files and directories currently installed.)
        Removing kde-l10n-de ...
        Removing kde-l10n-engb ...
        Removing kde-l10n-zhcn ...
        Removing language-pack-kde-zh-hans-base ...
        Removing language-pack-zh-hans-base ...
        Removing language-pack-kde-de-base ...
        Removing language-pack-kde-de ...
        Removing language-pack-de-base ...
        Removing language-pack-kde-en-base ...
        Removing language-pack-kde-zh-hans ...
        Removing language-pack-zh-hans ...
        Removing language-pack-de ...
        Removing language-pack-kde-en ...
        Processing triggers for man-db ...
        Processing triggers for software-center ...
        INFO:softwarecenter.db.update:no translation information in database needed
        Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
        Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index...
        E: Type '' is not known on line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list
        E: The list of sources could not be read.

    4. sudo apt-get update gave me the same old error:
      Code:
      E: Type '' is not known on line 1 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list
      E: The list of sources could not be read.

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    Re: Apt-get software sources.list issue

    Post the output from a terminal for
    Code:
    cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*.list
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    Re: Apt-get software sources.list issue

    Upon running cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*.list :
    Code:
    # This file makes sure that Opera Browser is kept up-to-date
    # as part of regular system upgrades
    
    deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free #Opera Browser (final releases)
    
    # The line above will make sure you get all final public releases.
    # Uncomment the following line if you want to get alpha and beta
    # releases, too.
    
    # deb http://deb.opera.com/opera-beta/ stable non-free #Opera Browser (beta releases)
    deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise partner #Added by software-center

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    Re: Apt-get software sources.list issue

    That looks ok.

    Try renaming your sources.list file by running
    Code:
    sudo mv /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.old
    and then run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    and see if you get the same error.

    Without a sources.list file,the error should go away unless there is another file that it is finding in that directory.

    Good luck
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