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    Synaptic Package Manager Error

    I tried to run the 'Update Manager' and got errors, so I thought I'd check for broken packages using the Synaptic Package Manager and below is what I've received:

    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_maverick_main_i 18n_Translation-en%5fGB
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    Can anyone help?
    I've seen the light, I've come over to the dark side.....

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    Re: Synaptic Package Manager Error

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryLittlemore View Post
    I tried to run the 'Update Manager' and got errors, so I thought I'd check for broken packages using the Synaptic Package Manager and below is what I've received:

    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_maverick_main_i 18n_Translation-en%5fGB
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

    Can anyone help?
    From a terminal
    Code:
    cd /var/lib/apt/lists/
    ls
    sudo rm gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_maverick_main_i18n_Translation-en%5fGB
    sudo apt-get update
    The ls command is to make sure you are in the correct directory.
    The sudo rm command will delete the file
    The sudo apt-get update will create a new file and hopefully fix your problem.

    Good Luck
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    Lightbulb Re: Synaptic Package Manager Error

    gary open a terminal run this command
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
    it will ask you for your password enter
    see if it helps

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    Lightbulb Re: Synaptic Package Manager Error

    if that doesnt work gary open the spm
    select broken on the left hand side
    and that should fix
    i had to do that myself yesterday

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