[ubuntu-uk] APT problem

David Pashley david at davidpashley.com
Sun Dec 17 17:09:22 GMT 2006

On Dec 17, 2006 at 16:35, David Andrew praised the llamas by saying:
> A couple of months ago one of my computers froze when I was up-dating some
> packages - I now get the folowing error messaes when i try to use APT - or
> synaptic.
> E: Problem parsing dependency Depends
> E: Error occurred while processing xchat (NewVersion1)
> E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
> E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

Basically your /var/lib/dpkg/status file is corrupt. The best way to fix
it is to make a copy of the file as a backup and then open the original
in a text editor and search for xchat and then fix what ever the problem

There is a chance that you would have lost some information about
whether you have some packages installed. You should be able to fix this
by either installing the application again or by hacking the status file
again to show it installed.

> Is there any easy soilution to this?
> I am using Edubuntu 6.06.

David Pashley
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