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    Update Manager Errors - Ubuntu 11.10

    Hello,

    After relocating from the US to Ireland I have encountered the following error message when attempting to update my system using Update Manager:


    "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:Encountered a section with no Package: header, Eroblem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/debian.slimdevices.com_dists_stable_main_binary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'"

    Minus the smiley.

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Update Manager Errors - Ubuntu 11.10

    Hi

    Opoen a terminal and type

    Code:
    sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/debian.slimdevices.com_dists_stable_main_binary-i386_Packages
    Enter your password. It will not be echoed to the screen. Then type

    Code:
     
    sudo apt-get update
    Hopefully that will fix it for you.

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    Re: Update Manager Errors - Ubuntu 11.10

    That solved my problem.

    Thanks very much for your help.

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    Re: Update Manager Errors - Ubuntu 11.10

    I prematurely listed this as solved as I did receive some updates after making the changes recommended by matt_symes.

    Since those updates I've been getting the following error when I run update manager:

    "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:Encountered a section with no Package: header, Eroblem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/debian.slimdevices.com_dists_stable_main_binary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'"


    I also get these errors when I run Synaptic Package Manager:

    "E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
    E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/debian.slimdevices.com_dists_stable_main_binary-i386_Packages
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
    E: _cache->open() failed, please report."


    Can anyone point me in the right direction? Last time I was able to get Package Manager to open it said the definitions were last updated 276 days ago.

    Thanks

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    Re: Update Manager Errors - Ubuntu 11.10

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2078996

    Googling the error message is normally the fastest way of getting a solution.

    Besides, 11.10 is soon running out of support. You should consider a fresh install of 12.10.
    Bringing old hardware back to life. About problems due to upgrading.
    Please visit Quick Links -> Unanswered Posts
    Don't use this space for a list of your hardware. It only creates false hits in the search engines.

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