problem with Synaptic, ¨dpkg interrupted¨

Asked by geoffpmoss on 2008-01-26

I´m a complete newcomer to Linux; I´m running Ubuntu, and trying to open the Synaptic menu, but I keep getting the message

 ¨ E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem. ¨

What on earth does this mean?, and how do I correct the problem?

Vojtěch Trefný suggests this article as an answer to your question:
FAQ #52: “Can't install new software and updates”.

Greg (grgrmilian-gmail) said : #2

E: Problem parsing dependency Depends
E: Error occurred while processing btnx (NewVersion1)
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/repoubuntusoftware.info_dists_harty_all_binary-i386_Packages
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

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