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Unable to install any package

Postby suryadharani on Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:37 am

when i try to install ANY application through terminal, i get this error
"""
Reading package lists... Error!
E: Read error - read (21: Is a directory)
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
"""


And software center is also not opening.
Neither synaptic manager. It gives the following error when i try to optn it.
"""
E: Read error - read (21: Is a directory)
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.
"""
---Solutions i tried so far-(even they dint work out :( )
1>
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise_restricted_binary-amd64_Packages
sudo apt-get update
2>
sudo rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/*
sudo apt-get update
3>
Frinds, please come with your suggestions.
Am in a kind of hell, not in a position to use the "apt-get install" even..
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Re: Unable to install any package

Postby kc1di on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:22 am

Hello and welcome to Mint,

go to a terminal and type the following commands and see if it will allow you to install programs.

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sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
sudo apt-get update


good luck,
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Re: Unable to install any package

Postby viking777 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:04 am

The error says it is having problems with either lists or status. As you have already removed lists and it made no difference, that leaves us with 'status'.

If I run the command
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ls /var/lib/dpkg/
alternatives/  available-old  diversions-old  parts/        status-old
arch           cmethopt       info/           statoverride  triggers/
available      diversions     lock            status        updates/


You will see that I have a file called status and another called status-old. If you have the same I would do this:

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sudo mv /var/lib/dpkg/status  /var/lib/dpkg/status.broken

Followed by

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sudo mv /var/lib/dpkg/status-old  /var/lib/dpkg/status

finally run

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sudo dpkg --configure -a

And see if it works now.
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