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After running the an update from the
update-manager I tried to install chromium:
sudo apt-get install chromium-browser
And I got the following error (full output from `sudo apt-get update' on Ubuntu Pastebin):
Reading package lists... Error! E: Malformed 2nd word in the Status line E: Error occurred while processing curl (UsePackage3) E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
Working from this answer I guessed there was something wrong with my MergeList. So per the top answer, I removed the Merge List.
sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
Then I attempted an update.
sudo apt-get update
And got the same set of error messages.
My next thought was that one of the repos I had added was faulty in some manner.
/etc/apt/sources.list was full on Canonical sources and nothing else.
etc/apt/sources.list.d had a few 3rd party sources I had added (namely
heroku and Chris Lea's
node.js). Just in case I cleared out that directory with
sudo rm *. Then deleted the MergeList, and attempted an update. Same error.
What might be causing this set of errors and how do I correct it?