update manager bug

Bug #797898 reported by amanda kate taylor
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Software Updater

Bug Description

running ubuntu 11.4

when i open the program manager this pops up instead:

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

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fleury (fleury-5) wrote :


exactly same problem for me

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Nicholas Skaggs (nskaggs) wrote :

This is an unfortunate condition that can occur when packages get out of date. However, it can be solved by issuing 2 commands on the terminal:

The first command clears the package cache, while the second updates the cache from the servers.

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

Once down you should be able to use the update-manager normally.

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