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amon 01-12-2005 02:11 PM

apt-get error message: E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
when i run:
apt-get update

the system downloads all the files then after finishing the downloads displays the following error:

Reading Package Lists... Error!
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

i have recently had another problem with apt-get problem and solution here:

when i google this problem i get links saying about the apt cache. which i have increased and not had any improvemeant.

mjrich 03-21-2005 05:41 PM

You haven't by any chance just completed a dist-upgrade ?

If so, (or regardless) you may want to install the latest version of Apt (and dselect etc.) as the older versions are not entirely compatible with the current package lists.



amon 03-27-2005 05:09 PM

i think the problem was a corrupted file system. i ended up doing a reinstall and everything has been fine since then, i'd been keeping an up to date system for some time but had for some reason eended up getting some corrupted files (which i nolonger get).

mjrich 03-28-2005 01:22 PM

Glad to hear everything's ok :)



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