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i cant download anything. im a 14 year old girl, dad shoved a linux laptop on me and im clueless.. i think i broke the packages, theyre gone!! simple wording?? ...
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    Angry synaptic package manager. packages have dissapeared completley


    i cant download anything.

    im a 14 year old girl, dad shoved a linux laptop on me and im clueless.. i think i broke the packages, theyre gone!!

    simple wording??

    i NEED to download frostwire and my updates, but i dont have any packages so i cant download.. i have an eee pc

    help!

    borderline crying

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    Hi and Welcome !

    Does your machine has internet access?
    Open Terminal and execute this
    Code:
    sudo apt-get clean all
    sudo apt-get update
    Post exact error message here, if any.
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    yes it has internet access

    it said all this stuff....




    Hit Moved p701 Release
    Get:2 Index of / stable Release.gpg [386B]
    Ign Index of / p701 Release.gpg
    Ign Index of / p701 Release.gpg
    Hit Moved p701/main Packages/DiffIndex
    Hit Index of / stable Release
    Hit Moved p701/main Packages/DiffIndex
    Hit Moved p701/dev Packages/DiffIndex
    Ign Index of / p701 Release
    Hit Moved p701/main Packages
    Hit Moved p701/main Packages
    Ign Index of / stable/main Packages/DiffIndex
    Ign Index of / p701 Release
    Hit Moved p701/dev Packages
    Ign Index of / p701/main Packages/DiffIndex
    Ign Index of / stable/non-free Packages/DiffIndex
    Ign Index of / stable/contrib Packages/DiffIndex
    Ign Index of / p701/main Packages/DiffIndex
    Hit Index of / stable/main Packages
    Ign Index of / p701/main Packages
    Hit Index of / stable/non-free Packages
    Ign Index of / p701/main Packages
    Hit Index of / stable/contrib Packages
    Get:3 Index of / p701/main Packages [490kB]
    Get:4 Index of / p701/main Packages [693B]
    Fetched 491kB in 5s (94.2kB/s)
    Reading package lists... Done
    W: There is no public key available for the following key IDs:
    4D270D06F42584E6
    W: Duplicate sources.list entry Moved p701/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/updates.xepc.org_dists_p701_main_binary-i386_Packages)
    W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
    /home/user>

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    Check Synaptic Package Manager again. In case it doesn't list packages, post the contents of /etc/apt/sources.list file here.
    Code:
    cat /etc/apt/sources.list
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    it says this every time i open synaptic package manager
    E: Invalid record in the preferences file, no Package header.


    i did the code thing...

    deb Index of /p701 p701 main
    deb Index of /p701/en p701 main
    deb Index of /debian stable main non-free contrib
    deb Moved p701 main
    deb Moved p701 main
    deb Moved p701 dev


    it wouldnt let me copy paste that so i wrote it out..

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    A) What did you change to get into this situation?

    B) APT is complaining about the *preferences* file. What is in /etc/apt/preferences?

    Code:
    cat /etc/apt/preferences
    Google "eee pc Invalid record in the preferences file, no Package header" => Example

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    i cant remembeer what i changed = / i was following instructions on how to download something i think, but im clueless and dont know what i did..

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    well i tried to copy it and it all came into a text document thing....


    Package: *
    Pin: origin update.eeepc.asus.com
    Pin-Priority: 950

    Package: *
    Pin: origin updates.xepc.org
    Pin-Priority: 935

    Package: *
    Pin: origin
    Pin-Priority: 925

    Package: *
    Pin: origin xnv4.xandros.com
    Pin-Priority: 900

    Package: *
    Pin: origin dccamirror.xandros.com
    Pin-Priority: 850

    Package: *
    Pin: origin Welcome to the Geek Connection
    Pin-Priority: 750

    Package: *
    Pin: release a=stable
    Pin-Priority: 700

    Package: *
    Pin: release a=testing
    Pin-Priority: 650

    Package: *
    Pin: release a=unstable
    Pin-Priority: 600

    again, the simplest way to do this is to just copy and paste out of this post into the file by typing

    sudo kwrite /etc/apt/preferences

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    what am i loking for in the google? i typed the thing, lots of things came up. what am i after??

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    what am i loking for in the google? i typed the thing, lots of things came up. what am i after??
    As mentioned in the linked thread, a bad entry *or* formatting in preferences can cause this error.

    Looking at your preferences, I see several entries that don't look "stock." Copy the existing preferences file so that you have a backup copy, then remove these lines:
    Code:
    Package: *
    Pin: origin http://www.geekconnection.org/
    Pin-Priority: 750
    
    Package: *
    Pin: origin
    Pin-Priority: 925
    Then run:

    Code:
    apt-get update
    And then open Synaptic again. Remember to keep the second copy of preferences in case you need it later.

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