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    "The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened"

    I got this error when trying to update - can anyone help please :

    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/extras.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_main_binary-i386_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    Last edited by jeffbilling; November 7th, 2012 at 12:42 AM. Reason: Solved

  2. #2
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    Re: Update proplem

    Try this

    Code:
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
    sudo apt-get clean
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade

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    Re: "The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened"

    Many thanks 2F4U.
    Sorry for delay in reply but I had used up my months data quota with the downloads!
    Worked a treat and everything seems fine.
    Jeff

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    Re: "The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened"

    This solution worked for me also.

    +1 Thanks.

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    Re: "The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened"

    I'm new to Ubuntu and had same problem.
    This solved my problem.
    Thank.

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    Re: "The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened"

    Thank you very much!! Fixed me!

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    Re: "The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened"

    Worked for me on 12.04.3! Thanks!

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