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i am new on ubuntu whenever i am trying to get the update i am getting the error at last

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Ign http://in.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/main Translation-en_IN
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E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem. 

and then according to propted error when i run

$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0009' near line 0:
 newline in field name `#padding'

what how can i get out of the error. i tried this link

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You referred a wrong link. Try the below commands on terminal to remove all the files inside /var/lib/dpkg/updates directory ,

cd /var/lib/dpkg/updates
sudo rm *

And then run the below command to get newer ones,

sudo apt-get update
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it works fine for me . –  user284303 Jun 15 '14 at 13:33
This worked for me on Raspbmc/Raspbian as well. However, I'm curious - is this a safe solution? –  aalaap Feb 17 at 8:06

It works for me! I was trying to install the wireless driver when this error came. Had to delete the files and also the lock files.

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock
sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock
cd /var/lib/dpkg/updates
sudo rm *
sudo apt-get update

and then you can run your apt-get install to whatever package you want to install

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Not necessarily a good idea without extra precautions. –  0xC0000022L Jul 19 '14 at 5:59

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