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crichiegirl 11-21-2015 01:55 PM

Installation of Firefox 42 to Linux Mint Rebecca 17.1
OK guys I am having a massive problem updating Firefox on my Linux Mint Rebecca fact I now seem to have lost the ability to access synaptic package manager at all. When I try an log into it I get followin errors:
E: Encountered a a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/list/packages.linuxmint,com_dist_rebecca_import_i18n_Translation-en
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened
E: _cache->open() failed please report

Does this mean that my version of Linux is no longer being supported?
Would be most grateful for any info or advice...

yancek 11-21-2015 02:41 PM

Mint 17.2 is supported until April, 2019. I don't see how trying and failing to install firefox is going to have anything to do with logging in. Or do you mean you are not able to open Synaptic. What exactly did you do? I don't use Mint normally but updated to firefox 42 several days ago by simply doing: sudo apt-get install firefox.

TxLonghorn 11-21-2015 05:23 PM

Your massive problem is simple to fix.
Open the Software Sources
Main Menu > Administration > Software Sources > Maintenance > Fix Mergelist

TxLonghorn 11-21-2015 05:25 PM

How are you trying to update Firefox? In Synaptic?
Or are you getting it from somewhere else?

jamison20000e 11-21-2015 06:53 PM


sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

:scratch: more.nfo :confused: :D or, ...extract, open, hit firefox (but won't auto-update from there!) ;)

crichiegirl 11-22-2015 04:20 AM

Thank you to everyone who gave their input and solutions. I have now successfully updated Firefox (using sudo apt-get install firefox) and updated flash (finally after months of annoying warnings - using sudo apt-get install adobe flash-plugin). Much appreciated fellas!

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