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  1. #1
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    Update/Upgrade error

    Part way through upgrading from 13.04 to 13.10 the process ground to a halt with an error message. Now on retrying by going to 'Check for updates' or 'Sudo Apt-get update' via the terminal I get the following:


    Failed to load the package list
    This is a serious problem. Try again later. If this problem appears again, please report an error to the developers.
    E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, Eroblem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_saucy_universe_i18 n_Translation-en%%5fGB, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

    In the terminal (just showing the end of the listing):


    Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-security/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-updates/main Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-updates/multiverse Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-updates/restricted Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-updates/universe Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-backports/main Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-backports/multiverse Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-backports/restricted Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-backports/universe Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-security/main Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-security/multiverse Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-security/restricted Translation-en_GB
    Ign http://archive.ubuntu.com saucy-security/universe Translation-en_GB
    Fetched 63.1 kB in 45s (1,378 B/s)
    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_saucy_universe_i18 n_Translation-en%5fGB
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.



    Problem reported but my question is, "what can I do now?; Do I have to do a fresh install?; if so will settings etc. in my Home folder (on its own partition) be saved?"
    13.04 still seems to be working perfectly, while upgrading I had a terrible internet connection varying between 'dead slow' and 'dead stop', not sure if that caused the problem.

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    Re: Update/Upgrade error

    If /home is separate then absolutely your settings will be saved. Just make sure it's not formatted. You still have to set the mount point for it as /home
    And use the same username as you had.
    AFAIK 13.10 should also offer users with no separate home the ability to keep the /home files safe.
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    Re: Update/Upgrade error

    crj54; Hi !

    Let's say your control files are in an inconsistent state;
    try this;
    Terminal codes:
    Code:
    sudo rm -fr /var/lib/apt/lists
    sudo mkdir -pv /var/lib/apt/lists/partial
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    "update" will rebuild the control files.

    Then see where you are, perhaps have to (re)start the upgrade to version 13.10 ?

    maybe yes now, maybe not so yes
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Update/Upgrade error

    crj54; Hi !

    Let's say your control files are in an inconsistent state;
    try this;
    Terminal codes:
    Code:
    sudo rm -fr /var/lib/apt/lists
    sudo mkdir -pv /var/lib/apt/lists/partial
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    "update" will rebuild the control files.

    Then see where you are, perhaps have to (re)start the upgrade to version 13.10 ?

    maybe yes now, maybe not so yes
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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