Update-Manager Bug Reporting

Raven P. ravenicewind at gmail.com
Thu Oct 7 23:04:31 UTC 2010

  Hi there,

Just went to update using the 10.10 Meerkat Beta and got this lovely 
little bit:

> Could not initialize the package information
> An unresolvable problem occurred while initializing the package 
> information.
> Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and 
> include the following error message:
> 'E:Malformed 3rd word in the Status line, E:Error occurred while 
> processing openoffice.org-report-builder-bin (UsePackage2), E:Problem 
> with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status, E:The package lists or status 
> file could not be parsed or opened.'

Just to be sure, I switched servers from 'United States' to 'Main' and 
received this:

> E: Malformed 3rd word in the Status line
> E: Error occurred while processing openoffice.org-report-builder-bin 
> (UsePackage2)
> E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
> E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
> E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

Suspecting it has to do with OpenOffice.org's name change to LibreOffice 
and, thus, changing the repository.  Just a guess.  Thought I'd let you 

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