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How do I fix a “Problem with MergeList” error when trying to do an update?

This message has come up and I do not know what to do to make it better.

E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise-security_main_i18n_Translation-en, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

Please give me some assistance as I do not know what to do.

Many thanks

Clare

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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, ajmitch, Ringtail, belacqua, fossfreedom Nov 17 '12 at 7:04

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Somehow a file in /var/lib/apt/lists got corrupted. Fortunately it's safe to remove them:

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/*

It'll complain about the partial directory. That is fine. Now you repopulate the lists:

sudo apt-get update
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