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[SOLVED] Software Manager fails to open

Postby andrei90 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:06 am

Hello Mint Pro's :)

I have an issue with the Software Manager (mintinstall). I click on it to open, I enter my sudo password and then I get nothing, not even loading... I wait for 10-20 min, still nothing.

I'm running Mint KDE 15 - Platform Version 4.10.5 on an Acer Extensa 5635Z, specs:
  • Intel Pentium Processor T4300 (2.1 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
  • Intel GMA 4500M
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 320 GB HDD

I tried to run it from sudo command in the terminal, and this is the output:
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daniel@Deus-ex-Machina:~ > sudo mintinstall
[sudo] password for daniel:
add_categories took 2.482 ms
build_matched_packages took 0.454 ms
2716
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintInstall/mintinstall.py", line 1664, in <module>
    Application()
  File "/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintInstall/mintinstall.py", line 50, in wrapper
    res = func(*arg)
  File "/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintInstall/mintinstall.py", line 355, in __init__
    self.add_packages()
  File "/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintInstall/mintinstall.py", line 50, in wrapper
    res = func(*arg)
  File "/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintInstall/mintinstall.py", line 1078, in add_packages
    cache = apt.Cache()         
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 105, in __init__
    self.open(progress)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 150, in open
    self._cache = apt_pkg.Cache(progress)
SystemError: E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/packages.medibuntu.org_dists_raring_free_i18n_Translation-en, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
daniel@Deus-ex-Machina:~ > Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintInstall/splash.py", line 28, in <module>
    subs['subtitle'] = _("Gathering information for %d packages...") % len(apt.Cache())
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 105, in __init__
    self.open(progress)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 150, in open
    self._cache = apt_pkg.Cache(progress)
SystemError: E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/packages.medibuntu.org_dists_raring_free_i18n_Translation-en, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.


What could be the problem? I also have an issue with auto-updates(won't install), could that be a reason?

LE: I think there's a problem with the repo's, I tried to install FileZilla via terminal and look at the output
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sudo apt-get install filezilla
[sudo] password for daniel:
Reading package lists... Error!
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/packages.medibuntu.org_dists_raring_free_i18n_Translation-en
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
Last edited by andrei90 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:54 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Software Manager fails to open

Postby kc1di on Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:09 am

as root
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sudo gedit
substitute your favorite text editor for gedit.
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/etc/apt/sources.list

the delete all lines the mention medibuntu.

The medibuntu repositories are dead. :(

then try again.
See also this thread for more info.
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=147271
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Re: Software Manager fails to open

Postby andrei90 on Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:50 pm

Oh.... I get it now.

Thank you for the help!
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Re: Software Manager fails to open

Postby kc1di on Fri Nov 01, 2013 5:35 pm

andrei90 wrote:Oh.... I get it now.

Thank you for the help!

Your Welcome - enjoy :)
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Re: [SOLVED] Software Manager fails to open

Postby thirdrev on Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:54 am

Thanks for the info, this helped me too. It turns out it was openprinting.org that was keeping my Software Manager from openning.
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Re: [SOLVED] Software Manager fails to open

Postby Philou_69 on Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:28 am

I discovered this problem on my machine today.
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SystemError: E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/packages.linuxmint.com_dists_rebecca_import_i18n_Translation-en, E:Les listes de paquets ou le fichier « status » ne peuvent être analysés ou lus.


If I open the incrimed file in the text editor, I see an html file !!! It is the answer of my Internet box which was out of sync for few days.
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<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">
<html>
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">
<title>Freebox :: Problème de connexion Internet</title>
<link href="http://mafreebox.freebox.fr/err/err.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
</head>

<body>
<div id="info">
    <div id="errorMsg">
      <h3>Problème de connexion Internet</h3>
      <p class="desc">Votre Freebox Server n'est actuellement pas connecté
      à Internet.</p>

      <p class="desc">Vous pourrez trouver des informations plus précises
      concernant l'état de votre connexion en suivant ce lien : <a
      href="http://mafreebox.freebox.fr/">
      http://mafreebox.freebox.fr/<a>.</p>

      <p class="desc">Une fois le problème corrigé, si cette page
      s'affiche toujours, pensez à redémarrer votre navigateur
      Internet.</p>
    </div>
</div>

</body>
</html>

So I need to delete all that kind of files before I can start the software manager.

I think it is clearly a bug.
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Re: [SOLVED] Software Manager fails to open

Postby Monsta on Sat Mar 28, 2015 5:57 am

Philou_69 wrote:
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SystemError: E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/packages.linuxmint.com_dists_rebecca_import_i18n_Translation-en, E:Les listes de paquets ou le fichier « status » ne peuvent être analysés ou lus.

Software Sources -> Maintenance -> Fix MergeList problem

Philou_69 wrote:I think it is clearly a bug.

It is.
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