The Software updater gave me this message; please report update manager package.... E:Malformed line 56 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list (dist parse)

Asked by Derrick Funk on 2013-02-03

New to Ubuntu. I saw the red cirlce with the white dash, thought it a warning. Clicked on it on the top of the screen. a Line of warning saying a problem occured when checking for updates. I clicked on show updates and got the warning message above. The window that opened told me to report the bug. The heading of the pop up window said, " Could not initialize the package information.

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Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) said : #1

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and helping to make Ubuntu better. Examining the information you have given us, this does not appear to be a bug report so we are closing it and converting it to a question in the support tracker. We understand the difficulties you are facing, but it is better to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at if you are uncertain if they are bugs. You can also find help posting your problem in the support forum of your local Ubuntu's community or asking at For help on reporting bugs, see

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) said : #2

Please open the terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and type:
gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
copy it's content and paste it here.

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