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    Question Package Manager Error

    This error message has been indicated in notification area.

    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,
    E;Problem with MergeList/var/lib/
    apt/lists/
    gb.archive,ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_multive rse_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.

    I am completely at a loss. Can somebody please help this idiot through this problem.
    Last edited by sandyd; May 6th, 2014 at 07:14 PM. Reason: Title fix

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    Re: Problem while updating

    Hi don62.

    Open a termina, and run this commands:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get clean
    
    sudo mv /var/lib/apt/lists /var/lib/apt/lists.old
    
    sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/apt/lists/partial
    
    sudo apt-get clean
    
    sudo apt-get update
    Let us know how it goes.
    Regards.
    Last edited by papibe; May 6th, 2014 at 07:50 PM. Reason: s/list/lists/

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    Mr

    Thank you for your quick response. Somehow my thread header got changed.
    It should have been "ubuntu 12.04 LTS Error in notification area"
    I've no idea how it got changed to "Mr"
    sudo apt-get clean com seemed to complete quickly
    but
    sudo mv /var/lib/apt/list /var/lib/apt/list.old
    returned this
    mv: cannot stat `/var/lib/apt/list': No such file or directory

    so I didn't proceed further.
    Any further advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by don62; May 6th, 2014 at 07:43 PM.

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    Re: Package Manager Error

    Please continue with the commands, the next one create the directory is missing.

    Regards.

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    Re: Package Manager Error

    don62; Hey,

    Just in passing by:
    There exist a slight typo in the command:
    Code:
    sudo mv /var/lib/apt/list /var/lib/apt/list.old
    Indeed that file "list" does not exist.
    correct by supplying the correct file name as lists
    Where an 's' is missing on lists.
    To be:
    Code:
    sudo mv /var/lib/apt/lists /var/lib/apt/lists.old
    And all should be hunky dory.

    happens - even to the best -
    of us
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Re: Package Manager Error

    Thanks Bashing-om.

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    Re: Package Manager Error

    @papibe'
    meh,
    How many times have you pulled my much hotter taters out of the fire ! .. just thought ya might be a bit busy and I could address this little bitty thing.

    The little I can do
    I help
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubutu'n !

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    Mr

    Thanks papibe & Bashing-om. Everything worked out fine. Looking good again.
    I must try & learn how to do these things,
    If you guys ever find yourselves in UK, look me up in North Yorkshire 'cos I owe you
    one - well more than one actually. Thanks again guys.

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