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I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04. When I started the update manager I received this message:

The problem cannot be reported:

You have some obsolete package versions installed. Please upgrade the following packages  
and check if the problem still occurs:

jockey-common, busybox-initramfs, coreutils, dbus, initscripts, libapt-inst1.4,  
libapt-pkg4.12, libc-bin, libc6, libdbus-1-3, libexpat1, libgcrypt11, libglib2.0-0,  
libgnutls26, libgssapi-krb5-2, libk5crypto3, libkrb5-3, libkrb5support0, libldap-2.4-2,   
libpolkit-agent-1-0, libpolkit-backend-1-0, libpolkit-gobject-1-0, libsasl2-2, libsqlite3-0,  
libssl1.0.0, libtasn1-3, libudev0, libxcb1, lsb-base, mountall, multiarch-support, openssl,   
passwd, perl-base, policykit-1, python2.7, python2.7-minimal, sysv-rc, sysvinit-utils, tzdata,   
udev, upstart

Does anyone know how to fix this problem? Thank you. David

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Just run update via comandline, and you should be good to go. – saji89 Jan 14 '13 at 6:01

Open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get autoremove

Since autoclean removes packages that are no longer available from configured software sources, you may want to move the sudo apt-get autoclean step until right after the sudo apt-get update step.

  • Clean: clean clears out the local repository of retrieved package files. It removes everything but the lock file from /var/cache/apt/archives/ and /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/. When APT is used as a dselect method, clean is run automatically. Those who do not use dselect will likely want to run apt-get clean from time to time to free up disk space.

  • Autoclean: Like clean, autoclean clears out the local repository of
    retrieved package files. The difference is that it only removes
    package files that can no longer be downloaded, and are largely
    useless. This allows a cache to be maintained over a long period
    without it growing out of control. The configuration option
    APT::Clean-Installed will prevent installed packages from being
    erased if it is set to off.

  • Autoremove: is used to remove packages that were automatically
    installed to satisfy dependencies for some package and that are no
    longer needed.

See manpage

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Could you please go into some more detail about "... you may want to move the sudo apt-get autoclean step until right after the sudo apt-get update step." Doesn't autoclean only remove .debs from /var/cache/apt/archives for packages that are no longer installed? – user25656 Jan 14 '13 at 11:25
And what if that doesn't resolve the problem? I still have problems going unreported because tzdata is obsolete but there's no such upgrade available. – mjaggard Oct 22 '15 at 8:03
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade doesn't help either – mjaggard Oct 22 '15 at 8:04

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