update manager bug

Asked by amanda kate taylor

running ubuntu 11.4

when i open the program manager this pops up instead:

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/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_binary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'

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Nicholas Skaggs (nskaggs) said :

This is an unfortunate condition that can occur when packages get out of date. However, it can be solved by issuing 2 commands on the terminal:

The first command clears the package cache, while the second updates the cache from the servers.

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

Once down you should be able to use the update-manager normally.

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Roman Brodylo (roman-brodylo) said :

Thanks for explaining a work-around for the "unfortunate condition" (aka bug)


There is a bug,
YOU want me to report it,
I am even willing to spend the energy and time to try,
and then you don't let me!

So, what's the f. problem? Fix the string or enable reporting a bug! You are frustrating people willing to help.

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