Synaptic and Terminal been failing with Natty on netbook

Asked by vfmla on 2011-08-18

Hello everyone,

I have been having this problem on my netbook with Natty running. Synaptic, Ubuntu Software Center and the command line Terminal all fail at installations ( if not at other things that I havent observed yet).

when I use terminal to install anything (typing, say, sudo apt-get install banshee) I get:

Reading package lists... Error!
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.canonical.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_partner_i18n_Translation-en

when I open Synaptic and enter my password, immediately thereafter the error window opens:

an error occured
The following details are provided:
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.canonical.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_partner_i18n_Translation-en
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

what goes wrong here? how can I solve this problem?

 thank you so much for your help!!

best greets and a beautiful summer!!

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Solved by:
vfmla
Solved:
2011-08-18
Last query:
2011-08-18
Last reply:
vfmla (bernuce) said : #1

..and as for Ubuntu Software Center, after entering a search word, it searches permanently, without ever opening the results page.

vfmla (bernuce) said : #2

this is the awesomeness of using ubuntu, once again!!

just enter right search words, and you have the solution:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1819606&highlight=problem+with+mergelist

I entered the following in a terminal:

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
sudo apt-get update

and the problem was solved right then!