Apt-get broken

Andrew Huys musiek.sparta.nc at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 14:41:14 UTC 2013

Tried deleting the problem file.  Didn't help, apt-get just found a new 
problem file.  So I deleted that problem file.  And the next.  And the 
one after that.

It seems like anything ending in /i18n_Translation-en%5fUS/ comes up 
with the error /E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed 
or opened./

Any ideas on why?  Some issue with locale?

Anyway, problem seems to be fixed, the machine is happily churning thru 
2 months of missed updates :P



On 02/24/2013 05:42 AM, Robin Darlington wrote:
> I had this problem and fixed it by deleting the file and running apt 
> get update
> I find the exact commands by googling the error message...
> Hope this helps!!
> Robin
> On Feb 24, 2013 5:58 AM, "Andrew Huys" <musiek.sparta.nc at gmail.com 
> <mailto:musiek.sparta.nc at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Slight problem with the studio,
>     Can't upgrade packages, can't update, can't use Synaptic, etc... 
>     Whenever I try something with apt-get, the computer complains. 
>     For example, apt-get check:
>     /ben at studio60:~$ sudo apt-get check//
>     //[sudo] password for ben: //
>     //Reading package lists... Error!//
>     //E: Encountered a section with no Package: header//
>     //E: Problem with MergeList
>     /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_quantal_main_i18n_Translation-en%5fUS//
>     //E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
>     /
>     Is this something wrong in the /var/ dir, or some config file?  Or
>     is the Quantal server @ Ubuntu having problems?
>     This seems to be something pretty deep, i.e. out of my scope of
>     "fix it".  What do I do?  I've been thinking that it's time to
>     reinstall with a clean 12.10 anyway due to some other issues, is
>     this just a good excuse to do so?
>     Thanks Y'all,
>     And
>     (BA HUys on G+)
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