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  1. #1
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    Error message while checking for updates

    I am receiving this error message when attempting to check for regular updates:

    An unresolvable problem occurred while initializing the package information.

    Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the following error message:

    'E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, Eroblem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_restric ted_binary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'

    Any ideas? The only thing that was different was immediately prior to getting this error message I arrived at work and hadn't logged into the wireless network but attempted to check for updates. I canceled, rebooted, and logged into the wireless network. Now each time I attempt to check for updates I get the above error message.

    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Re: Error message while checking for updates

    Welcome to Ubuntu,

    Run this in a terminal it will unlock that file so you can update

    Code:
        sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock
    Then you can update

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    sudo apt-get autoclean
    sudo apt-get autoremove

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    Re: Error message while checking for updates

    It the above doesn't work then try removing the .list files with
    Code:
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -rf
    and then running
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    to reload them.

    Good luck
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    Re: Error message while checking for updates

    Thank you both!

    Now, stupid question since I unlocked and updated from the terminal, do I need to run any further commands to install the updates?

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    Re: Error message while checking for updates

    You should be good to go, if there are problems similar to this you might have to dig a little deeper to correct the problem.

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    Re: Error message while checking for updates

    Thanks! I am just having issues getting a downloaded software package to install. I keep getting the error message cannot unpack jar files

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    Re: Error message while checking for updates

    This error message showed up today in my upper taskbar:

    An unresolvable problem occurred while initializing the package information.

    Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the following error message:

    'E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, Eroblem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_restric ted_binary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'
    This thread really saved the day!

    Thank you jmfal & plucky!!
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