Apt-get broken

Andrew Huys musiek.sparta.nc at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 14:51:46 UTC 2013

Wound up fixing a different way, but this seems like a good idea.  I'll 
probably have to use it at some time or another.


On 02/24/2013 05:34 AM, Tommy Hjalmarsson wrote:
> On 02/24/2013 06:58 AM, Andrew Huys 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+)
> If you didn't knew this:
> Ubuntu Live CD/DVD
> "Update Failure
> If there was an update that made your system non-bootable and they 
> have fixed it in the repositories, you can use the Live CD to run 
> apt-get to get the new files to fix your system.
> Boot the Ubuntu Live CD.
> Press Ctrl-Alt-F1
> sudo mount /dev/hda1 /mnt
> sudo chroot /mnt
> apt-get update
> apt-get upgrade"
> from:
> https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCdRecovery
> *But, It's a good way fix other things things to*. You can install 
> packages in to the OS that is NOT BOOTED, the OS on the HDD.
> If you lost the network-manager and can't get any network connection, 
> boot from live DVD install the network-manager from the internet in to 
> the OS you have on the HDD.

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