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    trouble updating 11.04 (I think)

    Maybe I have the beta, I'm really not sure, but when I try to update with sudo apt-get update I get the following:

    Reading package lists... Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with Merglelist /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_i18n _Translation-en
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened

    When I open the software center, whenever I click on any icons it just loads without ever loading. I've seen this same exact situation posted elsewhere, but I either didn't understand the solution or one wasn't really given. Super noob, you may have to break it down for me....

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    Re: trouble updating 11.04 (I think)

    Hi, welcome to the fora.

    Try to boot the computer and run this:

    Code:
    sudo apt-get clean
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/*
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    Please post the error messages, if you get any.
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    Re: trouble updating 11.04 (I think)

    rm: cannot remove 'var/lib/apt/lists/partial': Is a directory

    So far as I can tell sudo apt-get clean either doesn't do anything or doesn't tell me it does anything


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    Re: trouble updating 11.04 (I think)

    try this series:

    Clean up your package installation

    If you have installed and uninstalled a lot of applications, chances are your system is infected with a lot of dependencies files that you have absolutely no use for. Here are some useful commands to get rid of any partial package and remove any unused dependencies:
    Cleaning up of partial package:
    sudo apt-get autoclean

    Cleaning up of the apt cache:
    sudo apt-get clean

    Cleaning up of any unused dependencies:
    sudo apt-get autoremove

    A good practice to avoid any left behind is to use the autoremove command whenever you want to uninstall an application.
    sudo apt-get autoremove application-name

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    Re: trouble updating 11.04 (I think)

    That seemed to do it! Thanks a lot!

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    Re: trouble updating 11.04 (I think)

    Actually I think that the rm-command did the trick. The directory warning is not important; what matters are the other lists deleted.

    I am not saying this in order to pat myself on the back, more to help others who might read this thread.

    The apt commands posted by s9032g are a good way of keeping an Ubuntu system tidy, but I doubt that they can open a locked update process.


    By the way, no matter whether you initially installed the beta or the system as of release day, you will have a fully updated system when applying the standard updates. An alpha or a beta will automatically grow into the 'real' release.
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    Re: trouble updating 11.04 (I think)

    Well in that case, thanks both of you!

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    Re: trouble updating 11.04 (I think)

    Thank you, this saved the day for me just now.

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    Re: trouble updating 11.04 (I think)

    Yep mrgs is correct ... the rm command did the trick

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