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    Unhappy Problem with Ubuntu software center

    I can't open Software Center, I have ubuntu 12.04 LTS, intel proccessor 64 bit. The error on the right end screen says 'Error: opening the catche (E: Encountered a section with no package: header, E problem with mergeList/var/lib/apt/lists/extras.ubuntu.com_ubunt_dists_precise_main_binary_ i386_packages,E: THe package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened). This usually means that your installed packages have unmet dependencies.

    When I click on software center it tries to open and the shut down. I got the computer with ubuntu one already installed in it few weeks ago. Initially the software center worked. Downloaded VLC, Skype and Google Chromium. After that it stoped working. I have no background in ubuntu or in progreming. I had to search what terminal means and how to open it. I appreciate any help with instructin to a very new beginner.

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    Re: Problem with Ubuntu software center

    Moved to new thread.

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    Re: Problem with Ubuntu software center

    Quote Originally Posted by taniakurland View Post
    I can't open Software Center, I have ubuntu 12.04 LTS, intel proccessor 64 bit. The error on the right end screen says 'Error: opening the catche (E: Encountered a section with no package: header, E problem with mergeList/var/lib/apt/lists/extras.ubuntu.com_ubunt_dists_precise_main_binary_ i386_packages,E: THe package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened). This usually means that your installed packages have unmet dependencies.

    When I click on software center it tries to open and the shut down. I got the computer with ubuntu one already installed in it few weeks ago. Initially the software center worked. Downloaded VLC, Skype and Google Chromium. After that it stoped working. I have no background in ubuntu or in progreming. I had to search what terminal means and how to open it. I appreciate any help with instructin to a very new beginner.
    Post the output of:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    from the terminal.
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."

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    Re: Problem with Ubuntu software center

    Many thanks. Wiil do. Tania

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    Re: Problem with Ubuntu software center

    Hi again,
    I am afraid it did not work. I got a long respond and an Error was identified in line 51. This is what I have got "Get:51 http/archive ubuntu.com precise-update/universe translation-er Fetch 22.3 MB in 17s Reading Package lists...Error! W:GPG error:http://archive.canonical.com precise Release: The following signatures were invalid:BADSIG 40976EAF437DO5B% ubuntu Archive Automatic signing key<ftmaster@ubunto.com. W: an error occured during the signature verification. The repository is not updted and the previous index files will be used.
    Then it continues on concluding : W:failed to fetch http://extras.ubuntu.com.precise/relese. W:some files failed to download. They have been ignored or old ones used.
    So- Any suggestion? Or should I download a new Ubuntu OP via external disc writer/reader (my computer is a netbook with no disc drive). Appreciate any suggestion.

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    Re: Problem with Ubuntu software center

    Try the following commands in terminal

    Code:
    $ sudo -i# apt-get clean
    # cd /var/lib/apt
    # mv lists lists.old
    # mkdir -p lists/partial
    # apt-get clean # apt-get update
    Source : http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-fix...or-badsig.html

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    Re: Problem with Ubuntu software center

    Quote Originally Posted by taniakurland View Post
    Hi again,
    I am afraid it did not work. I got a long respond and an Error was identified in line 51. This is what I have got "Get:51 http/archive ubuntu.com precise-update/universe translation-er Fetch 22.3 MB in 17s Reading Package lists...Error! W:GPG error:http://archive.canonical.com precise Release: The following signatures were invalid:BADSIG 40976EAF437DO5B% ubuntu Archive Automatic signing key<ftmaster@ubunto.com. W: an error occured during the signature verification. The repository is not updted and the previous index files will be used.
    Then it continues on concluding : W:failed to fetch http://extras.ubuntu.com.precise/relese. W:some files failed to download. They have been ignored or old ones used.
    So- Any suggestion? Or should I download a new Ubuntu OP via external disc writer/reader (my computer is a netbook with no disc drive). Appreciate any suggestion.
    You must post the full output with code tags [#] from the editor.

    Run the following commands in the Terminal:

    Code:
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
    sudo apt-get update
    "Evolution is Nature's way of issuing upgrades."

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    Re: Problem with Ubuntu software center

    this is what I got rm: cannot remove `/var/lib/apt/lists/partial': Is a directory

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    Re: Problem with Ubuntu software center

    still not working- this is what I have got: $ sudo -i# apt-get clean
    sudo: invalid option -- '#'
    usage: sudo [-D level] -h | -K | -k | -V
    usage: sudo -v [-AknS] [-D level] [-g groupname|#gid] [-p prompt] [-u user
    name|#uid]
    usage: sudo -l[l] [-AknS] [-D level] [-g groupname|#gid] [-p prompt] [-U user
    name] [-u user name|#uid] [-g groupname|#gid] [command]
    usage: sudo [-AbEHknPS] [-C fd] [-D level] [-g groupname|#gid] [-p prompt] [-u
    user name|#uid] [-g groupname|#gid] [VAR=value] [-i|-s] [<command>]
    usage: sudo -e [-AknS] [-C fd] [-D level] [-g groupname|#gid] [-p prompt] [-u
    user name|#uid] file ...
    tania@tania-1015E:~$ # cd /var/lib/apt
    tania@tania-1015E:~$ # mv lists lists.old
    tania@tania-1015E:~$ # mkdir -p lists/partial
    tania@tania-1015E:~$ # apt-get clean # apt-get update

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    Re: Problem with Ubuntu software center

    Thank you all so much!!!
    I just looked at my Software Center and it is working again. I am not sure which of the suggestions worked in the end. I think it start working again after I re-logged to the computer. Anyway, thank you all, very greatfull and made me want to learn more about ubuntu.

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