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  1. #1
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    Could not initialize the package information

    I reformatted my computer last night and put Ubuntu 10.04 on my Dell Inspiron B130 laptop. I made and used the Ubuntu 10.04 live cd last night. Install was uneventful. Now I can't use update manager. I get this error:

    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:Read error - read (5: Input/output error), E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'

    I'm a newby and am used to Windows so some terminology is confusing to me.

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    Re: Could not initialize the package information

    I did:

    sudo apt-get upgrade

    sudo apt-get install -f

    I swear it didn't work the first time I tried it but is now. Go fig.

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    Re: Could not initialize the package information

    For others, if the method above did not work then you might want try the one posted at:

    http://www.linux2aix.com/linux/ubunt...formation.html

    It has fixed it for me, & pretty sure it can help some others fixing their as well.

    Regards,
    Erick
    http://www.TSMGuru.com

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    Re: Could not initialize the package information

    Thanks, this helped me quickly.

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