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Software center not opening

im running ubuntu 12.04 with cinnamon1.6 DE my ubuntu software center only opens for 2 seconds and then closes. this is the errer message i got when i tried to open it in the terminal.

ja@ja-Inspiron-N5040:~$ sudo software-center --enable-lp
[sudo] password for ja: 
2012-10-13 15:30:11,282 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.app - INFO - setting up proxy 'None'
2012-10-13 15:30:11,286 - softwarecenter.db.database - INFO - open() database: path=None use_axi=True use_agent=True
2012-10-13 15:30:11,419 - softwarecenter.backend.reviews - WARNING - Could not get usefulness from server, no username in config file
2012-10-13 15:30:11,572 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.app - INFO - show_available_packages: search_text is '', app is None.
2012-10-13 15:30:11,575 - softwarecenter.db.pkginfo_impl.aptcache - INFO - aptcache.open()
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/pkginfo_impl/aptcache.py", line 243, in open
    self._cache = apt.Cache(GtkMainIterationProgress())
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 102, in __init__
    self.open(progress)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 149, in open
    self._list.read_main_list()
SystemError: E:Type 'Upd8' is not known on line 2 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nilarimogard-webupd8-precise.list
2012-10-13 15:30:13,555 - softwarecenter.db.enquire - ERROR - _get_estimate_nr_apps_and_nr_pkgs failed
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/enquire.py", line 115, in _get_estimate_nr_apps_and_nr_pkgs
    tmp_matches = enquire.get_mset(0, len(self.db), None, xfilter)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/appfilter.py", line 89, in __call__
    if (not pkgname in self.cache and
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/pkginfo_impl/aptcache.py", line 263, in __contains__
    return self._cache.__contains__(k)
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute '__contains__'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/software-center", line 176, in <module>
    app.run(args)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/app.py", line 1422, in run
    self.show_available_packages(args)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/app.py", line 1352, in show_available_packages
    self.view_manager.set_active_view(ViewPages.AVAILABLE)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/session/viewmanager.py", line 154, in set_active_view
    view_widget.init_view()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/panes/availablepane.py", line 171, in init_view
    self.apps_filter)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 238, in __init__
    self.build(desktopdir)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 511, in build
    self._build_homepage_view()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 271, in _build_homepage_view
    self._append_whats_new()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 450, in _append_whats_new
    whats_new_cat = self._update_whats_new_content()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 439, in _update_whats_new_content
    docs = whats_new_cat.get_documents(self.db)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/categories.py", line 124, in get_documents
    nonblocking_load=False)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/enquire.py", line 317, in set_query
    self._blocking_perform_search()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/enquire.py", line 212, in _blocking_perform_search
    matches = enquire.get_mset(0, self.limit, None, xfilter)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/appfilter.py", line 89, in __call__
    if (not pkgname in self.cache and
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/pkginfo_impl/aptcache.py", line 263, in __contains__
    return self._cache.__contains__(k)
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute '__contains__'
ja@ja-Inspiron-N5040:~$ 
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You should run in terminal just software-center, can you post message after that? –  kubahaha Oct 13 '12 at 20:28
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marked as duplicate by jokerdino, Ringtail, Stephen Myall, Mik, belacqua Oct 30 '12 at 16:11

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SystemError: E:Type 'Upd8' is not known on line 2 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nilarimogard-webupd8-precise.list

Here is your clue, you likely have a typo in that file when you added it. Removing the file or fixing the typo should fix it.

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