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Suddenly, my Ubuntu reports an error and no longer does updates because of this error. The error seems to be the following:

Reading package lists... Error!
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_trusty-updates_universe_i18n_Translation-en
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.           

It seems that this prevents me from doing everything. Apt-get stops with an error, synaptics manager also, and so on and so forth. Any solutions out there?



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marked as duplicate by Eliah Kagan, Alaa Ali, Kevin Bowen, Eric Carvalho, muru Aug 8 '14 at 7:49

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

1… – bain Jul 29 '14 at 12:44

Try the following:

cd /var/lib/apt
sudo mv lists lists.old
sudo mkdir -p lists/partial
sudo apt-get update

This will reset the cache from scratch.

See if that fixes the issue. If it doesn't, you can revert the changes made above by doing the following:

cd /var/lib/apt
sudo rm lists
sudo mv lists.old lists
sudo rm -r lists/partial

Note: If the first part doesn't work the second command (sudo rm lists) may fail, that's OK.

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