my first question :D
I too had similar error:
dpkg parse error in file /var/lib/dpkg/status near line 6605 package libgif4: missing version
I looked at the chunk around 6605 line it it certainly looked messed up (libgif4 package was messed up). Then checked the same line in status-old file and it looked alright. So renamed status-old to status. Ran sudo apt-get update and everything went fine after that.
Last edited by soldier_of_light_army; 02-20-2010 at 02:06 AM.