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Im using Ubuntu 13.0.4 and have tried getting updates via the command line ..no joy Latest issue is trying to install Root

sudo apt-get install root-system-bin
Getting message
Reading package lists ... Error!
E: Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status-open (2: No such file or directory)
E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

I have tried

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

From http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2078996

But when I get to second line I get:-

E: Could not open lock file /var/cache/apt/archives/lock-open (2: No such file or directory)
E: Unable to lock the download directory
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marked as duplicate by Braiam, karel, Eric Carvalho, Seth May 26 at 2:46

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Try sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock-open –  user224082 May 22 at 13:05
    
You sure it says /var/lib/dpkg/status-open? –  Braiam May 22 at 14:20

1 Answer 1

Look at your source list to make sure the web address is correct for all repository's.

-Open Software Sources and see if your repository list are displayed correctly. Are the repositories enabled?

-Run this command,

grep -v '#' /etc/apt/sources.list

If you don't have the correct sources set up you can always establish new ones from the following website, http://repogen.simplylinux.ch/

Hope this points you in the right direction.

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