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I was installing Chrome using apt-get and after that I'm not able use command sudo apt-get install or sudo apt-get update anything which I am doing with my package manager is not working, is always showing this error:

Reading package lists...Error! 
E: Problem parsing dependency Recommends    
E: Error occurred while processing foomatic-filters (NewVersion2)    
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status    
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

Can you please tell me how to fix this problem? I am using Ubuntu 11.10. I am not even able to upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 because of this problem.

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marked as duplicate by Alvar, Eric Carvalho, karel, Braiam, belacqua Feb 26 '14 at 21:05

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

This is OT, not a dulplicated. – Braiam Feb 26 '14 at 20:45
I think there is nothing wrong with pointing the older duplicate. More friendly and understandable to newbies? – belacqua Feb 26 '14 at 21:05

You should also be able to upgrade normally, following this answer. This may also help resolve some dpkg errors.

As an alternative, since this is such an old version, and now End Of Life, it may be easier to download an .iso image, put it on a dvd or USB stick, and install 12.04 over it. This will be easy if you have a separate /home partition, as Ubuntu should be able to replace 11.10 with 12.04, but leave your users files alone.

Make a full backup of all your data first. You may also find this question helpful.

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I would just upgrade from the dvd/usb since he got 11.10 and the next version is 12.04. this is the way to do it if you have /home in the same partition as the rest.. – Alvar Feb 23 '14 at 22:05
ohk...i had this method in mind but can't we fix this problem without reinstalling ubuntu i.e. upgrading it with a dvd or USB stick..? i have been searching ubuntu forms to fix this but had no sucess!! – user3091069 Feb 23 '14 at 22:14
See Alvar's link, if you insist on running on old software without security updates you can probably do the reading which tells you how. @askubuntu the policy is not to support EOL versions. – Requist Feb 23 '14 at 22:58

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