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How do I fix a “Problem with MergeList” error when trying to do an update?
Error report after “sudo apt-get update”

I am new to linux, and haven't been using Ubuntu for very long. Recently, whenever I try to update using the update manager, or apt-get update, I get this:

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

I have tried clearing my lists folder, didn't work. I also tried changing servers, that didn't work either. Please Help!

I am not able to update my software. Here is the full text output of

sudo apt-get update

    Ign http://dl.google.com stable InRelease
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise InRelease                                                   
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates InRelease                                           
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security InRelease                                          
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports InRelease                                         
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable InRelease                                                            
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise Release.gpg                                                 
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates Release.gpg                                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security Release.gpg                                        
    Get:1 http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg [198 B]                                                
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports Release.gpg                                       
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise Release                                                     
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates Release                                             
    Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg                                                          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security Release                                            
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports Release                                           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted Sources                                          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main Sources                                                
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe Sources                                            
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse Sources                                          
    Get:2 http://dl.google.com stable Release                                                            
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted amd64 Packages                                   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main amd64 Packages                                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe amd64 Packages                                     
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse amd64 Packages                                   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted i386 Packages                                    
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main i386 Packages                                          
    Hit http://dl.google.com stable Release                                                              
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe i386 Packages                                      
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse i386 Packages                                    
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main TranslationIndex                                       
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse TranslationIndex                                 
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted TranslationIndex                                 
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe TranslationIndex                                   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted Sources                                  
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main Sources                                        
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe Sources                                    
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse Sources                                  
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted amd64 Packages                           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main amd64 Packages                                 
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe amd64 Packages                             
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages                           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted i386 Packages                            
    Get:3 http://dl.google.com stable/main amd64 Packages [1,246 B]                                      
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main i386 Packages                                  
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe i386 Packages                              
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse i386 Packages                            
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main TranslationIndex                               
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse TranslationIndex                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted TranslationIndex                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe TranslationIndex                           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted Sources                                 
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/main Sources                                       
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe Sources                                   
    Hit http://dl.google.com stable/main i386 Packages                                                   
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main TranslationIndex                                                
    Get:4 http://dl.google.com stable/main amd64 Packages [655 B]                                        
    Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise InRelease                                                   
    Ign http://linux.dropbox.com precise InRelease                                                       
    Ign https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease                                              
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise InRelease                                                       
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse Sources                                 
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted amd64 Packages                          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/main amd64 Packages                                
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe amd64 Packages                            
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse amd64 Packages                          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted i386 Packages                           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/main i386 Packages                                 
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe i386 Packages                             
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse i386 Packages                           
    Get:5 http://dl.google.com stable/main i386 Packages [654 B]                                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/main TranslationIndex                              
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main TranslationIndex                                                
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse TranslationIndex                        
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted TranslationIndex                        
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe TranslationIndex                          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/restricted amd64 Packages                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/main amd64 Packages                               
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/multiverse amd64 Packages                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/universe amd64 Packages                           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/restricted i386 Packages                          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/main i386 Packages                                
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/multiverse i386 Packages                          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/universe i386 Packages                            
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/main TranslationIndex                             
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/multiverse TranslationIndex                       
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/restricted TranslationIndex                       
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/universe TranslationIndex                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/main Translation-en                                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/multiverse Translation-en                                   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/restricted Translation-en                                   
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise/universe Translation-en                                     
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/main Translation-en                                 
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/multiverse Translation-en                           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/restricted Translation-en                           
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-updates/universe Translation-en                             
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/main Translation-en                                
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com precise Release.gpg                                                 
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/multiverse Translation-en                          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/restricted Translation-en                          
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-security/universe Translation-en                            
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/main Translation-en                               
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/multiverse Translation-en                         
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/restricted Translation-en                         
    Get:6 http://linux.dropbox.com precise Release.gpg [489 B]                                           
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise Release.gpg                                                     
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com precise-backports/universe Translation-en                           
    Ign https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise Release.gpg                                            
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise Release                                                         
    Get:7 http://linux.dropbox.com precise Release [2,603 B]                                             
    Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org precise InRelease                                                  
    Ign https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise Release                                                
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main Sources                                                    
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en_US                                               
    Get:8 http://linux.dropbox.com precise/main amd64 Packages [1,029 B]                                 
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en                                                  
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en_US                                               
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en                                                  
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main amd64 Packages                                             
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main i386 Packages                                              
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main TranslationIndex                                           
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com precise Release                                                     
    Get:9 http://linux.dropbox.com precise/main i386 Packages [1,029 B]                                  
    Ign http://linux.dropbox.com precise/main TranslationIndex                                           
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner amd64 Packages                                      
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner i386 Packages                                       
    Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner TranslationIndex                                    
    Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/free amd64 Packages                                        
    Ign https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise/main TranslationIndex                                  
    Get:10 http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease [16.9 kB]                                          
    Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/non-free amd64 Packages                                    
    Get:11 http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease [16.9 kB]                                          
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease                                                       
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    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease                                                       
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    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease                                                       
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease                                                       
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main Translation-en_US                                          
    Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner Translation-en_US                                   
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com precise/main Translation-en                                             
    Ign http://archive.canonical.com precise/partner Translation-en                                      
    Ign http://linux.dropbox.com precise/main Translation-en_US                                          
    Ign http://linux.dropbox.com precise/main Translation-en                                             
     Err https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages                                    
      gnutls_handshake() failed: A TLS packet with unexpected length was received.
    Err https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages           
      gnutls_handshake() failed: A TLS packet with unexpected length was received.
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources/DiffIndex                
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    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources/DiffIndex          
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages/DiffIndex   
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    Get:16 http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main TranslationIndex [16.9 kB]
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources/DiffIndex
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages/DiffIndex
    Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/free i386 Packages
    Ign https://private-ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Translation-en_US                                 
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    Hit http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/non-free i386 Packages                                     
    Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/free TranslationIndex                                      
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex                                    
    Get:17 http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main TranslationIndex [16.9 kB]         
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources/DiffIndex                                          
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                                   
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex
    Get:18 http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main TranslationIndex [16.9 kB]         
    Get:19 http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources [16.9 kB]                  
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages/DiffIndex                          
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages/DiffIndex               
    Get:20 http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main TranslationIndex [16.9 kB]                              
    57% [19 Sources bzip2 0 B] [Connecting to packages.medibuntu.org (88.191.127.22)]bzip2:         (stdin) is not a bzip2 file.
    Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/non-free TranslationIndex              
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources                                
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages                  
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages                                             
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages                                              
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main amd64 Packages                                             
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main i386 Packages                                              
    57% [19 Sources xz 0 B] [Waiting for headers]                                            17.7 kB/s 4s/usr/bin/xz:         (stdin): File format not recognized
    Err http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources                                                    

    57% [19 Sources lzma 0 B] [Connecting to packages.medibuntu.org (88.191.127.22)]         17.7         kB/s 4s/usr/bin/lzma: (stdin): File format not recognized
    Err http://ppa.launchpad.net precise/main Sources                                                    

    Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/free Translation-en_US                                     
    Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/free Translation-en
    Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/non-free Translation-en_US
    Ign http://packages.medibuntu.org precise/non-free Translation-en
    Fetched 93.7 kB in 16s (5,705 B/s)
    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease: File         /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_indicator-multiload_stable-        daily_ubuntu_dists_precise_InRelease doesn't start with a clearsigned message
    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease: File         /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_nvbn-rm_ppa_ubuntu_dists_precise_InRelease doesn't start         with a clearsigned message
    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease: File         /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_ralf.hersel_rhersel-ppa_ubuntu_dists_precise_InRelease         doesn't start with a clearsigned message
    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease: File         /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_scopes-packagers_ppa_ubuntu_dists_precise_InRelease         doesn't start with a clearsigned message
    W: GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net precise InRelease: File         /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_tualatrix_ppa_ubuntu_dists_precise_InRelease doesn't start         with a clearsigned message
    W: Failed to fetch https://private-ppa.launchpad.net/commercial-ppa-        uploaders/torchlight/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/binary-amd64/Packages  gnutls_handshake() failed: A         TLS packet with unexpected length was received.

    W: Failed to fetch https://private-ppa.launchpad.net/commercial-ppa-        uploaders/torchlight/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/binary-i386/Packages  gnutls_handshake() failed: A         TLS packet with unexpected length was received.

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/indicator-multiload/stable-        daily/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/i18n/Index  No Hash entry in Release file         /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_indicator-multiload_stable-        daily_ubuntu_dists_precise_main_i18n_Index

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/nvbn-rm/ppa/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/i18n/Index  No Hash entry in Release file /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_nvbn-rm_ppa_ubuntu_dists_precise_main_i18n_Index

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/ralf.hersel/rhersel-ppa/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/i18n/Index  No Hash entry in Release file /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_ralf.hersel_rhersel-ppa_ubuntu_dists_precise_main_i18n_Index

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/scopes-packagers/ppa/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/i18n/Index  No Hash entry in Release file /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_scopes-packagers_ppa_ubuntu_dists_precise_main_i18n_Index

    W: Failed to fetch         gzip:/var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_tualatrix_ppa_ubuntu_dists_precise_main_source_Sour        ces  Encountered a section with no Package: header

    W: Failed to fetch http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ppa/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/i18n/Index  No Hash entry in Release file /var/lib/apt/lists/partial/ppa.launchpad.net_tualatrix_ppa_ubuntu_dists_precise_main_i18n_Index

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.
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