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When I open update manager on my Ubuntu 11.04 I get this error mesage: 'E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_main_bi nary-i386_Packages, E:The package lists or ...
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    Question Ubuntu 11.04 update glitch


    When I open update manager on my Ubuntu 11.04 I get this error mesage:

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

    Can anyone please help me to get my updates going?

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    Try this:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    If nothing, then try below.

    Saw this on another thread:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --configure -a
    sudo apt-get -f install
    If neither of the above commands report any broken packages that must be fixed, try updating from within a terminal:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    Then try Update Manager.

    If nothing,
    -Uninstall Google Earth maybe?
    -Then try "Update Manager" again.
    -Then re-install google earth if everything goes well.



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    Thanks SunshineFolk, I tried all your suggestions, same result. Then tried to uninstall Google Earth, but the installed software list in the software centre does not open. It seems to try, but there is no progress even after 30 minutes. Is there another way to uninstall Google Earth? If GE is causing hassles, will it not be better to run this software on my virtualbox WindowsXP in future?

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    Maybe try uninstalling it in "Synaptic Package Manager"... (and apply remove all associated files when you try to uninstall it, IDK what its called exactly but something similar)

    Or go to your "Home Folder", then navigate to your root directory "/" ( YOUR NAME>home>/ )

    Search for "google-earth" folder. Try "google earth" if that finds nothing. (Might have to press Ctrl-H to show hidden files/folders)

    Locate in that folder a script called "uninstall". Run it.

    Try that and see if it helps. If not, may have to manually remove the files from terminal. IDK if this is even your problem to begin with, but that's what I would guess.


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    You can also:
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    cd /var/lib/apt/lists
    type
    Code:
    ls
    See if "dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_main_b i nary-i386_Packages" is in there.

    If it is there for sure,
    Then manually remove it by:
    Code:
    sudo rm dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_main_bi nary-i386_Packages
    But IDK what just deleting that file will do . Id imagine it wouldn't hurt anything but GE though if anything.

    If it don't let you remove it, try (really powerful tho, so WATCHOUT) :
    Code:
    sudo rm -rf dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_main_bi nary-i386_Packages
    Well IDK if you should use that command or not, I'm not experienced at all with it, so does anyone care to explain that command if your reading??

    ANYBODY ELSE GOT ANY IDEAS??

    Hope something in my last post above though works man!

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    Try this.
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    sudo apt-get clean
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get upgrade
    Post back any errors.
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    Result of jayd512 suggestion:
    E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

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    No such file. These are the google earth files I found:

    dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_main_bi nary-i386_Packages
    dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_main_i1 8n_Index
    dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_main_i1 8n_Translation-en
    dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_main_i1 8n_Translation-en%5fZA
    dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_Release
    dl.google.com_linux_earth_deb_dists_stable_Release .gpg

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    I have now re-installed Ubuntu 10.04 after having many frustrations with the 11.04 version. Everything is working fine now, much faster and I am back to Open Office after having been frustrated by the new Libre Document Foundation, slow Firefox and many more. To my mind Ubuntu 11.04 is a backward step.

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