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    Serious Issue with Software Center (not there?)

    Hi Everyone,

    To start, I have Ubuntu 12.10 x64.

    So I have googled this problem many times, and I honestly don't think there is a solution to this. Anyways, I got this error:

    "An error occurred, Please run Package Manager from the right-click menu or apt-get in a terminal to see what is wrong. The error message was:

    'Error: Opening the cache (E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, Eroblem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_quantal_main_i1 8n_Translation-en, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.)'. This usually means that your installed packages have unmet dependencies

    So I can't click the Package Manager (actually, I'm not sure what right-click menu means and if Package Manager is the same as Software Center). When I do click on the Package Manager, it opens for a second and then closes and normally shows me a 'Send Error' box. When I click update through the error icon (white minus sign on red background at the top near the date), software updater fails.

    I have tried many of the terminal commands, with no success. Actually, as far as I can tell is anything using "apt-get" won't work properly.

    Here I did "sudo apt-get update" and this is what I got
    Code:
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable InRelease
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com quantal InRelease                                 
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal InRelease                             
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable InRelease                                      
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com quantal Release.gpg                     
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security InRelease            
    Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg                                    
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates InRelease                     
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com quantal Release                                   
    Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg                                    
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports InRelease                   
    Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release        
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal Release.gpg                           
    Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release                                        
    Get:1 http://extras.ubuntu.com quantal/main Sources [1,702 B]                  
    Get:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates Release.gpg [933 B]         
    Get:3 http://dl.google.com stable/main amd64 Packages [1,225 B]                
    Get:4 http://dl.google.com stable/main i386 Packages [1,242 B]                 
    Get:5 http://extras.ubuntu.com quantal/main amd64 Packages [2,279 B]           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports Release.gpg                 
    Get:6 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security Release.gpg [933 B]          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal Release                               
    Get:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates Release [49.6 kB]           
    Get:8 http://extras.ubuntu.com quantal/main i386 Packages [2,261 B]            
    Get:9 http://dl.google.com stable/main amd64 Packages [663 B]                  
    Get:10 http://dl.google.com stable/main i386 Packages [643 B]                  
    Get:11 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security Release [49.6 kB]           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports Release                     
    Get:12 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/main Sources [872 kB]              
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com quantal/main Translation-en_US                    
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en_US                         
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com quantal/main Translation-en                       
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en                            
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en_US                         
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en                
    Get:13 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/main Sources [14.4 kB]      
    Get:14 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/restricted Sources [14 B]   
    Get:15 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/universe Sources [5,417 B]  
    Get:16 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/multiverse Sources [695 B]  
    Get:17 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/main amd64 Packages [44.9 kB]
    Get:18 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/restricted Sources [5,646 B]       
    Get:19 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/universe Sources [5,522 kB]        
    Get:20 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/restricted amd64 Packages [14 B]
    Get:21 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/universe amd64 Packages [14.9 kB]
    Get:22 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/multiverse amd64 Packages [1,151 B]
    Get:23 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/main i386 Packages [44.9 kB]
    Get:24 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/restricted i386 Packages [14 B]
    Get:25 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/universe i386 Packages [14.9 kB]
    Get:26 http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/multiverse i386 Packages [1,394 B]
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/main Translation-en            
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/multiverse Translation-en      
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/restricted Translation-en      
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/universe Translation-en        
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/main Translation-en_US         
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/multiverse Translation-en_US   
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/restricted Translation-en_US   
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com quantal-security/universe Translation-en_US     
    Get:27 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/multiverse Sources [166 kB]        
    Get:28 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/main amd64 Packages [1,137 kB]     
    Get:29 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/restricted amd64 Packages [8,369 B]
    Get:30 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/universe amd64 Packages [5,274 kB] 
    Get:31 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/multiverse amd64 Packages [131 kB] 
    Get:32 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/main i386 Packages [1,136 kB]      
    Get:33 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/restricted i386 Packages [8,387 B] 
    Get:34 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/universe i386 Packages [5,285 kB]  
    Get:35 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/multiverse i386 Packages [133 kB]  
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/main Translation-en                   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/multiverse Translation-en             
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/restricted Translation-en             
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/universe Translation-en               
    Get:36 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/main Sources [46.1 kB]     
    Get:37 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/restricted Sources [889 B] 
    Get:38 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/universe Sources [20.3 kB] 
    Get:39 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/multiverse Sources [2,940 B]
    Get:40 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/main amd64 Packages [117 kB]
    Get:41 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/restricted amd64 Packages [1,970 B]
    Get:42 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/universe amd64 Packages [63.0 kB]
    Get:43 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages [7,956 B]
    Get:44 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/main i386 Packages [117 kB]
    Get:45 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/restricted i386 Packages [1,979 B]
    Get:46 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/universe i386 Packages [63.3 kB]
    Get:47 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/multiverse i386 Packages [8,121 B]
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/main Translation-en           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/multiverse Translation-en     
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/restricted Translation-en     
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/universe Translation-en       
    Get:48 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/main Sources [14 B]      
    Get:49 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/restricted Sources [14 B]
    Get:50 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/universe Sources [2,241 B]
    Get:51 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/multiverse Sources [14 B]
    Get:52 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/main amd64 Packages [14 B]
    Get:53 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/restricted amd64 Packages [14 B]
    Get:54 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/universe amd64 Packages [1,066 B]
    Get:55 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/multiverse amd64 Packages [14 B]
    Get:56 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/main i386 Packages [14 B]
    Get:57 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/restricted i386 Packages [14 B]
    Get:58 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/universe i386 Packages [2,005 B]
    Get:59 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/multiverse i386 Packages [14 B]
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/main Translation-en         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/multiverse Translation-en   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/restricted Translation-en   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/universe Translation-en     
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/main Translation-en_US                
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/multiverse Translation-en_US          
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/restricted Translation-en_US          
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal/universe Translation-en_US            
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/main Translation-en_US        
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US  
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/restricted Translation-en_US  
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-updates/universe Translation-en_US    
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/main Translation-en_US      
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com quantal-backports/universe Translation-en_US  
    Fetched 20.4 MB in 2min 11s (155 kB/s)                                         
    Reading package lists... Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_quantal_main_i18n_Translation-en
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    Then after I did this, I got a message that Ubuntu 12.10 has had an internal error.

    So yea, I hope I provided enough info. to get a headstart on this. Sorry if I'm too literal with the description...I'm still fairly new to all of this.

    Thanks for any help!

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    Re: Serious Issue with Software Center (not there?)

    software center /update-manager are not as strong as synaptic; so do your choice. Such kind of issue is disturbing but harmless.

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    Re: Serious Issue with Software Center (not there?)

    In terminal:

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

    sudo apt-get update

    That should fix it.

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    Re: Serious Issue with Software Center (not there?)

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    In terminal:

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

    sudo apt-get update

    That should fix it.
    Thanks! That worked. My problem before was I had dansguardian installed, so when I ran that command I would get similar errors as before. I uninstalled it and now it works!

    Thanks again

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    Re: Serious Issue with Software Center (not there?)

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    In terminal:

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

    sudo apt-get update

    That should fix it.
    Thanks! Same problem occurred to me this morning on Ubuntu 12.10 x64. Your solution worked perfectly.

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    Re: Serious Issue with Software Center (not there?)

    Thank you, this worked for me as well.

    -Shishpt

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