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Thread: Synaptic and update manager will not start

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    Synaptic and update manager will not start

    Hi,

    Started having this problem a few days ago. Any time I try to run synaptic or update manager I get this error:

    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    W: Encountered status field in a non-version description

    Ubuntu software center doesn't work either. Also, they cannot be started from terminal.

    Lucid 10.04

    Thanks for any help.
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    Re: Synaptic and update manager will not start

    Probably the solution here : http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=863742
    Code:
    udo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
    sudo apt-get update
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    Re: Synaptic and update manager will not start

    I found what was causing the problem. In var/lib/dpkg there were two status files, status and status-old. I
    changed the the name of status to status-new and started using the old file, problem solved. Interesting
    thing is both files were created on the same date.

    Hope this helps someone else.
    Last edited by CEB2nd; October 14th, 2013 at 09:46 PM.
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    Re: Synaptic and update manager will not start

    Thanks for posting a follow up
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