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Old 03-06-2013, 09:40 AM   #1
Masinire
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Unhappy Error - WARNING in 12.10


Im a fairly new Ubuntu user so forgive me for some of my ignorance! I am getting an error alert on my computer - it reads

An error occured, please run Package Manager from the right click-menu or apt-get in a terminal to see what is wrong.
The error message was 'Error:Opening the cache(E:encountered a section with no Package header, E:Problem with MergeList/var/lib/apt/lists/
bw.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_quantal_main_i18n-Translation_en%5fGB, E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.)'. This usually means that your installed packages have unmet dependencies

but wen i try to run Synaptic it crashes and gives me the following error message

E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/bw.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_quantal_main_i18n_Translation-en%5fGB
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

and then exits

I dont know what to do at all
 
Old 03-06-2013, 12:40 PM   #2
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Synaptic is the GUI front-end for the command-line package management tool apt-get. Since Synaptic crashes, you can try to resolve this from the command-line.

You can read about the capabilities in a terminal by running man apt-get.

To correct problems, these commands must be run with root authority. In Ubuntu, one usually uses the sudo command for temporary root privilege. The first command to try in an effort to correct problems (since the error suggests that you may have package dependency problems) is: sudo apt-get check. Check is a diagnostic tool; it updates the package cache and checks for broken dependencies.

The output will determine what steps to take next.

Give it a try, and report back here is you can't find information on the web via browser search.
 
  


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