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joelpaz
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update manager doesn't work

Post by joelpaz » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:48 pm

:D Hello Linuxmint friends,
I recently erased windows 7 from my laptop and installed Linuxmint 16 Petra cinnamon and I'm happy I did. But now, a red x appears on the update manager icon and when I open it, it says there's an error. It reads like this: E: Encountered a section with no Package : header, E: Problem with MergeList/var/lib/apt/lists/packages. linuxmint.com_dists_petra_import_i18n_Translation-en, E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
Also, I can't open software manager. What should I do?

JoeBingo
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Re: update manager doesn't work

Post by JoeBingo » Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:55 pm

In Control Center > Software Sources > Maintenance, you could try clicking on Fix MergeList Problems and Purge Residual Configuration. There's also an action box in the upper right of the Software Sources window that may prompt action.

Additionally, from a terminal, you could try ...

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sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
^^^ I'd try those things first, but I also found this ...

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sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2078996

joelpaz
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Re: update manager doesn't work

Post by joelpaz » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:12 am

:D BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you very much JoeBingo,
The first command from the terminal solved the problem.

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