View Full Version : [ubuntu] Browser Crashes and Upgrade Manager gives error

May 7th, 2010, 12:52 AM
After upgrading to 10.04, I noticed Firefox would suddenly crash for no apparent reason.
I tried to run the update manager to see if there were updates available. There were a whole slew of them. They downloaded and began installing, but it gave me an error.
Clicking the "do not enter" warning icon gives me this:

Could not initialize the package information

An unresolvable problem occurred while initializing the package information.

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

'E:Problem parsing dependency Depends, E:Error occurred while processing postfix (NewVersion1), E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'

Anybody have an idea how I can fix this and install the updates?

Also, synaptic gives me this error when opening:

E: Problem parsing dependency Depends
E: Error occurred while processing postfix (NewVersion1)
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.


May 8th, 2010, 04:23 AM
Have you already tried in Synaptic: Edit > Fix Broken Packages? That doesn't usually do much, but it's worth a try. If that either doesn't find anything or doesn't fix it, open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and type
sudo dpkg --configure -a More info about dpkg than you want can be found by typing in a terminal
man dpkg
After that try the upgrade again:
sudo apt-get update (to get the most recent repository info)
sudo apt-get upgrade Then reboot, just to make sure all the fixes "take."

Hopefully, that'll deal with it. If not, let us know what went wrong.