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“method driver /usr/lib/apt/methods/https could not be found” update error

When I try to install something from Ubuntu Software center or synaptic, a message pops up saying

E:Method /usr/lib/apt/methods/ did not start correctly

After cleaning apt, updating etc, the problem persists. I didn't find nothing strange on my sources.list. I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. What could be causing this error?

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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, hhlp, fossfreedom Feb 2 '13 at 10:03

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could you post the output of sudo apt-get update ? –  Schweinsteiger Aug 26 '12 at 10:45
Please post the contents of /etc/apt/sources.list, as well as the content of any file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d. –  Gilles Aug 26 '12 at 11:09
@JorgeCastro Are you sure this is the same error? The error message is different, referring to the parent directory. –  Eliah Kagan Feb 2 '13 at 8:28

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I have something similar when I try running update / upgrade:

sudo apt-get update
E: Driver for method /usr/lib/apt/methods/https could not be found

But my /etc/apt/sources.list file does not have any https in it...

Here's the answer to my problem.

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Whilst this link may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  Seth Feb 1 '13 at 19:49

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