Update Manager: Could not initialize the package information

Bug #228083 reported by Michael Wildhack on 2008-05-08
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update-manager (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop, upgraded from 7.10
I attempted a routine check for updates, got his error report :

A 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, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_hardy-updates_main_binary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'

Michael Wildhack (blinky-toon) wrote :

After reporting "bugs/errors" I opened Add/Remove Programs
which gave me a new error message
AND
the error message here suggested in part:
using
 sudo apt-get update
&
 sudo apt-get install -f

after which I was able to install one program,
and then run update-manager successfully
to install 36 updates for Hardy-Heron
--
MichaelW

Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) wrote :

Thanks Michael - this problem is due to a corrupt package list. Could you confirm whether this is still a problem for you?

Thanks

Changed in update-manager:
status: New → Incomplete

NOT still a problem,
the fixes posted on forum and in the error message
resolved the temporary problem, as I posted in a follow-up.

Sorry Chris, my bad,
I meant to go back and update that one as "resolved/fixed/ etc..

Now I will remember that
if _I_ don't do it ... in a timely manner ...
someone else will have to clean-up after me !

MANY Thanks for going thru and checking !!
Much appreciated !

--
Michael Wildhack
in Quillacollo,
Cochabamba, Bolivia
<email address hidden>

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On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 a
t 1:54 PM, Chris Coulson <email address hidden> wrote:
> Thanks Michael - this problem is due to a corrupt package list. Could
> you confirm whether this is still a problem for you?
>
> Thanks
>
> ** Changed in: update-manager (Ubuntu)
> Status: New => Incomplete
>
> --
> Update Manager: Could not initialize the package information
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/228083
> You received this bug notification because you are a direct subscriber
> of the bug.
>

Jean-Baptiste Lallement (jibel) wrote :

Thanks for following up. I'm closing this report due to your last comment. Don't hesitate to submit any new bug.

Changed in update-manager:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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