update manager and synaptic crash

Bug #271045 reported by Jacqueline Thijsen on 2008-09-16
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu-NL Website
update-manager (Ubuntu)
Michael Vogt

Bug Description

This is what comes up on my screen when I try to run the update manager or synaptic:

E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_hardy-security_restricted_binary-i386_Packages, E:De pakketlijsten of het statusbestand konden of niet ontleed, of niet geopend worden.'

Kiwinote (kiwinote) wrote :

This bug is not related to the Ubuntu-nl website.

Changed in ubuntu-nl-website:
status: New → Invalid
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Thanks for your bugreport.

Please attach the file /var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_hardy-security_restricted_binary-i386_Packages

Changed in update-manager:
assignee: nobody → mvo
status: New → Incomplete

Here it is. BTW, this morning the automatic file check turned up problems and told me to run fsck without options. This turned up multiply claimed blocks by several inodes, several unattached inodes, faulty reference counts and so on. Whenever a directory was mentioned, it was a subdirectory of firefox (sorry, wasn't thinking straight enough at 7 in the morning to note which one exactly, something to do with trash in any case). I've said yes to everything fsck proposed, but I still get the same error message when trying to run the update manager.

The problem seems to be solved now. I got a message from another program telling me to run sudo apt-get update followed by sudo apt-get install -f. This has fixed it. But since the update manager is supposed to be doing basically the same as these commands, I don't quite understand why that application didn't fix the problem by itself. So I'm leaving the report open for right now, just in case this shows that something needs to be fixed about the update manager. If someone who knows a heck of a lot more about linux than I do thinks that this problem needs no more attention, then feel free to close it.

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