View Full Version : [ubuntu] synaptic and update manager not working

May 12th, 2011, 06:03 PM

i have successfully install natty on my dell inspiron laptop.
when i tried to load synaptic or update manager or ubuntu software center i am getting following error and its not allowing me to open any of above application

error is:

E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/in.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_bina ry-i386_Packages
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

please help me to resolve this error.i need to install restricted drivers and compiz for best use.

May 12th, 2011, 06:15 PM

Try this from the terminal.

sudo rm -f /var/lib/apt/lists/*

Enter your password. It will not be echoed to the screen. This is normal. Then type

sudo apt-get update

Kind regards

May 12th, 2011, 07:20 PM
hi matt
thanks its working now

May 13th, 2011, 02:46 PM
Thank you so much. I too have a Dell Inspiron and was having the same problem. Will I have to do this every time I want to update?

Thanks again!

May 13th, 2011, 02:51 PM

Will I have to do this every time I want to update?

I hope not. I should not think so. Was this a fresh install or upgrade ?

Kind regards