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    Exclamation Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    Last time I tried downloading and installing updates to Ubuntu on my computer, the update failed randomly. I restarted the computer and tried running the updates again, and same error happened. I didn't have enough time to deal with it at the moment so I ignored it. Two days later I tried opening the Ubuntu Software Center and it starts loading and then it crashes on me, every time, before it even starts up. I tried reinstalling Software Center and this is what I get:

    david10p@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall software-center
    [sudo] password for david10p:
    Reading package lists... Error!
    E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_restricted _binary-amd64_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    david10p@ubuntu:~$

    ..


    Also, I can't update anything on the machine anymore. And this is the error I get:

    'E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, Eroblem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_restricted _binary-amd64_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'


    Can any one please help me solve these two problems? Thanks.
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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    I don't know if this would be helpful, but see if it helps:

    http://blog.bodhizazen.net/linux/apt...oken-packages/


    Also, what happens when you try running the update through the terminal.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    
      sudo apt-get upgrade

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    Thy this command
    Code:
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
    Then
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Dual boot or use VMs if you want. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before upgrading, partitioning, or installing an OS.

    No support requests by PM please.

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    Cool Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    Thanks for input guys.

    I'm running the update && upgrade now and it seems to be working. It didn't work the first time, it gave me an error reading the package lists and then it stopped. Now I tried the sudo rm first and it seems to be working so far.

    I will post an update soon.

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    Talking Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    SUCCESS! I got it to work with the help of a friend here. Thank you so much guys!

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    i'm having the exact same problem, just posted a new thread about it. did your success come from the code posted above or from something else a friend of yours helped you with elsewhere?

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    Re: Ubuntu Software Center doesn't work

    Quote Originally Posted by joshofalltrades View Post
    i'm having the exact same problem, just posted a new thread about it. did your success come from the code posted above or from something else a friend of yours helped you with elsewhere?
    My success came entirely from the code posted above. More specifically, from these lines of code:

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

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade

    Good luck!

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