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    E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList

    I am using mythbuntu 8.04 with all updates install (... until this probolem occured this morning...)

    However, when I tried to to update using the Update-Manager I got the following error message:

    Could not initialize the package information

    A unresolvable problem occurred while initializing the package information.

    Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the following error message:

    'E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, Eroblem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_hardy-updates_multiverse_binary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'


    I tried replacing ../status with ../status-old but the problem remained.

    Then I tried apt-get check just to see what would happen, and I basically got the same error:

    jbcp@mythbuntu:~$ sudo apt-get check
    [sudo] password for jbcp:
    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_hardy-updates_multiverse_binary-i386_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    jbcp@mythbuntu:~$


    What next?

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    Re: E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList

    try
    # sudo dpkg --configure -a
    # sudo aptitude update
    # sudo aptitude upgrade

    you can use apt-get too but I think aptitude is better.

    look here too if that doesn't work
    http://www.linux.com/articles/48910

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    Re: E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList

    The dpkg command didn't help. I still get the same error msg when I execute the aptitude (or apt-get) update command.

    Other ideas?

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    Re: E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList

    Actually, just fixed the problem using:

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

    All good now.

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    Re: [SOLVED] E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeLis

    that worked a treat for me too!

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    Smile Re: [SOLVED] E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeLis

    Thanks! also worked under GUbuntu 9.04

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    Re: [SOLVED] E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeLis

    +1 success here.
    cheers.
    i do like this ubuntu malarchy, this is the 3rd "issue" ive had, but unlike windows, they are all so easy to sort!

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    Re: E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList

    Thanks
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
    Did the trick for me

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    Re: [SOLVED] E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeLis

    solved here too.
    Ubuntu 9.04
    but i wish to know the cause of it.

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    Re: E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList

    Quote Originally Posted by jabrown65 View Post
    Actually, just fixed the problem using:

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

    All good now.
    Worked for me too, I think synaptic should be patched to take care of this without any extra intervention for the user particular issue, as the fix is really straight forward.
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