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    Exclamation Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    Last time I tried downloading and installing updates to Ubuntu on my computer, the update failed randomly. I restarted the computer and tried running the updates again, and same error happened. I didn't have enough time to deal with it at the moment so I ignored it. Two days later I tried opening the Ubuntu Software Center and it starts loading and then it crashes on me, every time, before it even starts up. I tried reinstalling Software Center and this is what I get:

    david10p@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall software-center
    [sudo] password for david10p:
    Reading package lists... Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_restricted _binary-amd64_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    david10p@ubuntu:~$

    ..


    Also, I can't update anything on the machine anymore. And this is the error I get:

    'E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, Eroblem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_restricted _binary-amd64_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'


    Can any one please help me solve these two problems? Thanks.
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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    I don't know if this would be helpful, but see if it helps:

    http://blog.bodhizazen.net/linux/apt...oken-packages/


    Also, what happens when you try running the update through the terminal.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    
      sudo apt-get upgrade

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    Thy this command
    Code:
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
    Then
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before updating, upgrading, or partitioning.

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    Cool Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    Thanks for input guys.

    I'm running the update && upgrade now and it seems to be working. It didn't work the first time, it gave me an error reading the package lists and then it stopped. Now I tried the sudo rm first and it seems to be working so far.

    I will post an update soon.

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    Talking Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    SUCCESS! I got it to work with the help of a friend here. Thank you so much guys!

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    i'm having the exact same problem, just posted a new thread about it. did your success come from the code posted above or from something else a friend of yours helped you with elsewhere?

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    Quote Originally Posted by joshofalltrades View Post
    i'm having the exact same problem, just posted a new thread about it. did your success come from the code posted above or from something else a friend of yours helped you with elsewhere?
    My success came entirely from the code posted above. More specifically, from these lines of code:

    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade

    Good luck!

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