View Full Version : [ubuntu] Last Update messed up computer

December 3rd, 2010, 03:22 PM
The last update of a few days ago messed up the update manager. here is the error that I get. I do not have the time to hunt for bug reports to report this and don't know how anyway. maybe someone else can do it.

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

December 3rd, 2010, 08:27 PM
Try running the following commands from the terminal:

sudo apt-get install -f

sudo dpkg --configure -a

Post back with errors please.

December 3rd, 2010, 10:07 PM
Make sure you are not running out of space on your Ubuntu partition.

df -h

If the above commands mentioned by Rubi1200 don't solve the issue, try reverting to an older dpkg/status file.

sudo mv /var/lib/dpkg/status /var/lib/dpkg/status.bad

sudo cp /var/lib/dpkg/status-old /var/lib/dpkg/status

sudo apt-get update

If the above one's don't help, try this.

sudo apt-get update -o APT::Cache-Limit=25165824

If this doesn't help either, post the output of Rubi1200's commands and also this one.

sudo apt-get check