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June 8th, 2011, 11:57 PM
I was running an update on my computer (running Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid) and something must have been transferred incorrectly as every time I open synaptic, I get an error message that tells me to type a command into the terminal:

sudo dpkg --configure -a

After doing that, it displays this:

dpkg: parse error, in file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0001' near line 0:
newline in field name `#padding'

What can I do to solve this? I am just getting into terminal commands and this whole error thing seems a bit over my head at the moment...:(

June 9th, 2011, 12:19 AM
Try to restart the computer and run

sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
Please post the error messages, if any.

June 9th, 2011, 01:36 AM
So I ran sudo apt-get clean and nothing came up
Then I ran sudo apt-get update and a list of packages/sources came up, followed by this message:

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.

Then I ran sudo apt-get upgrade and then same message appeared.
I ran the command in the message (sudo dpkg --configure -a) and this appeared:

dpkg: parse error, in file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0001' near line 0:
newline in field name `#padding'
What should I do now? (Oh, and thank you so much for helping me out!)

June 9th, 2011, 02:00 AM
Then we must delete the file making the trouble:

sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/0001After that, please run the commands again.

June 9th, 2011, 02:09 AM
I deleted the file and ran the commands again.
After sudo apt-get update, I go this message:

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
So I ran the command and now it is a different error:

dpkg: parse error, in file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0007' near line 0:
field name `lla/Entrust.net_Secure_Personal_CA.crt,' must be followed by colon

Do I need to do something with the file now?

June 9th, 2011, 02:35 AM
looking at that file, it doesn't seem to be complete (its actually a different format than the others) This is what it contained - it looks like it got cut off (part of the initial "mozilla" was added to the last line?). What should I do with it?

The file:

lla/Entrust.net_Secure_Personal_CA.crt, mozilla/Entrust.net_Secure_Server_CA.crt, mozilla/Entrust_Root_Certification_Authority.crt, mozilla/Equifax_Secure_CA.crt, mozilla/Equifax_Secure_eBusiness_CA_1.crt, mozilla/Equifax_Secure_eBusiness_CA_2.crt, mozilla/Equifax_Secure_Global_eBusiness_CA.crt, mozilla/Firmaprofesional_Root_CA.crt, mozilla/GeoTrust_Global_CA_2.crt, mozilla/GeoTrust_Global_CA.crt, mozilla/GeoTrust_Primary_Certification_Authority.crt, mozilla/GeoTrust_Universal_CA_2.crt, mozilla/GeoTrust_Universal_CA.crt, mozilla/GlobalSign_Root_CA.crt, mozilla/GlobalSign_Root_CA_-_R2.crt, mozilla/Go_Daddy_Class_2_CA.crt, mozilla/GTE_CyberTrust_Global_Root.crt, mozilla/GTE_CyberTrust_Root_CA.crt, mozilla/IPS_Chained_CAs_root.crt, mozilla/IPS_CLASE1_root.crt, mozilla/IPS_CLASE3_root.crt, mozilla/IPS_CLASEA1_root.crt, mozilla/IPS_CLASEA3_root.crt, mozi

June 9th, 2011, 09:42 AM
Just delete it. It will be rebuilt next time.

sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/000*

June 9th, 2011, 05:14 PM
Right - so I deleted about five update files (all of them had similar errors) and then I got a breakthrough. Update ran and showed that there was still an error, this time accessing the yiff-server (it's a sound driver?)

Anyway, I was able to get back into synaptic and uninstalled the server - problem solved! The update and Upgrade commands both work, and my computer is happy again! (I just need to reboot and see if everything still works)

Thanks for the help, I will mark this as solved.