Trying to run
sudo apt-get update, or almost any
apt command, results in a core dump. The error message doesn't give much more than that:
Hit:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease Ign:2 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable InRelease Get:3 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease [109 kB] Get:4 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease [107 kB] Hit:5 http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnome-terminator/ppa/ubuntu xenial InRelease Hit:6 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable Release Hit:7 https://dl.yarnpkg.com/debian stable InRelease Get:8 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease [107 kB] Get:9 https://download.docker.com/linux/ubuntu xenial InRelease [65.8 kB] Hit:10 https://deb.nodesource.com/node_8.x xenial InRelease Fetched 389 kB in 0s (394 kB/s)  4498 abort (core dumped) sudo apt-get update
I've looked for answers here and elsewhere, and almost every proposed solution involves running another apt-get command, like
apt-get purge. Unfortunately, all of those commands result in similar core dumped errors.
Also of note, apport crashes when it tries to report the error. The window just dies when it's trying to show more information than the executable path. I get a string of apport messages when I first boot the system, all for apt or graphical software programs, like Gnome Software, and apport itself. I think the issue could be deeper than just apt.
I've tried looking for disk issues with
fsck, and G-Parted, but everything turns up clean. I seem to have plenty of disk space, memory, and CPU for what it's trying to do. I've tried to do more in depth analysis, but not being able to install utilities with apt-get makes it challenging.
I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit in a VMware Workstation 14 Pro VM. Unfortunately I was a fool who did not snapshot regularly, and I would prefer not to create a fresh VM since it would take some time to get my workspace back to how I like it.