update manager fails to find list of sources

Asked by Jeff McCormack on 2010-06-14

v10.04
i expected ubuntu to start teh download manager so i could download software
instead it displayed the error and kicked me out

this is the error mesage i recieve when trying to start update manager.

"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:Type 'wget' is not known on line 46 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list, E:The list of sources could not be read"

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Last query:
2010-06-15
Last reply:
2010-06-15

This question was originally filed as bug #594255.

Leo Arias (elopio) 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 appreciate the difficulties you are facing, but it would make more sense to raise problems you are having in the support tracker at https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu if you are uncertain if they are bugs. For help on reporting bugs, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs .

Leo Arias (elopio) said : #2

Could you please paste the contents of the file /etc/apt/sources.list ?
You probably have a malformed entry on line 46.

Jeff McCormack (jkm5096) said : #3

# deb cdrom:[Ubuntu-Netbook 10.04 _Lucid Lynx_ - Release i386 (20100429.4)]/ lucid main restricted
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid main restricted #Added by software-properties
# See http://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotes for how to upgrade to
# newer versions of the distribution.

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid main restricted multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid main universe #Added by software-properties

## Major bug fix updates produced after the final release of the
## distribution.
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-updates main restricted multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-updates restricted main universe #Added by software-properties

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team. Also, please note that software in universe WILL NOT receive any
## review or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid universe
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-updates universe

## N.B. software from this repository is ENTIRELY UNSUPPORTED by the Ubuntu
## team, and may not be under a free licence. Please satisfy yourself as to
## your rights to use the software. Also, please note that software in
## multiverse WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu
## security team.

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from the 'backports'
## repository.
## N.B. software from this repository may not have been tested as
## extensively as that contained in the main release, although it includes
## newer versions of some applications which may provide useful features.
## Also, please note that software in backports WILL NOT receive any review
## or updates from the Ubuntu security team.
# deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-backports main restricted universe multiverse
# deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ lucid-backports main restricted universe multiverse

## Uncomment the following two lines to add software from Canonical's
## 'partner' repository.
## This software is not part of Ubuntu, but is offered by Canonical and the
## respective vendors as a service to Ubuntu users.
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner
# deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu lucid partner

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security main restricted multiverse
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security restricted main universe #Added by software-properties
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu lucid-security universe
wget http://www.getautomatix.com/apt/key/gpg.asc
gpg --import key.gpg.asc
gpg --export --armor 521A9C7C
sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install automatix2

Leo Arias (elopio) said : #4

well, your problem is at the end of the file. Please note that the lines

wget http://www.getautomatix.com/apt/key/gpg.asc
gpg --import key.gpg.asc
gpg --export --armor 521A9C7C
sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install automatix2

do not follow the format expected by apt.

So remove those lines editing the file as super user, for example executing
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Then save the file, and execute
sudo aptitude update.

After that you shouldn't get the error again.

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