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whenever i opened the add/remove programs from applications the following message is displaying.
Software index is broken
This is a major failure of your software management system. Please check for broken packages with synaptic, check the file permissions and correctness of the file '/etc/apt/sources.list' and reload the software information with: 'sudo apt-get update' and 'sudo apt-get install -f'.
It looks to me as though you have already been given the solution:
Please check for broken packages with synaptic, check the file permissions and correctness of the file /etc/apt/sources.list and reload the software information with: sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get install -f
You'll need to open a command shell to execute the commands. I don't know which distro you're using, but with Fedora, from the desktop you go to 'Applications -> System Tools -> Terminal'. It's similar, if not exact, with most systems. From there, run the commands as indicated in the posts above. They should rebuild the software index.
BTW, running the command 'uname -a' will tell us a lot about your system.
I found this thread doing a search for a very similar problem. I have tried the above steps also with no results.
When I enter "sudo apt-get install -f" I get "E: The package symphony needs to be reinstalled, but I can't find an archive for it." This is probably from a failed attempt to load IBM Lotus Symphony, but now the system will not let me install or uninstall anything. I tried to re-install from a new Symphony .deb file, but I get an error dialog saying the file is corrupted.
Is there a way to remove the corrupted Symphony package that has apparently only partially installed?
FYI - My system is a Compaq Presario 2100 laptop running Ubuntu 8.04.