could not install any new software

Asked by walid alassaad on 2011-03-18

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:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/ppa.launchpad.net_jldugger_ubuntu_dists_gutsy_main_binary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'

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Language:
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Status:
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Ubuntu update-manager Edit question
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Last query:
2011-03-18
Last reply:
2011-03-21

This question was originally filed as bug #737905.

Philip Muškovac (yofel) 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#When%20not%20to%20file%20a%20bug. There is also a vibrant support community available at http://askubuntu.com and you might consider asking your question there.

delance (olivier-delance) said : #2

Gutsy is not maintained since a long time. Why do you still use it ? You could use LTS 10.04.2 (3 years) or 10.10 (18 months) or if you have a small hardware configuration a more light Linux distro.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #3

Please open a terminal and issue the following command
sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/ppa.launchpad.net_jldugger_ubuntu_dists_gutsy_main_binary-i386_Packages
Then try the installatioj of software again.

If there are error message again please try the steps as described in
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PackageManagerTroubleshootingProcedure

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