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When i try to open software center it opens but nothing shows up on the window and it closes after 5 seconds. it had worked previously and then i did a ppa purge and then it won't open. the ppa i tried to remove was ppa:sunab/kdenlive-release after i purged that ppa the terminal said there was conflict. it offered me a solution (that i didn't read) and i accepted it. after it was done software center wouldn't open software-center

here is the output from the terminal

2013-04-18 11:56:47,034 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.app - INFO - setting up proxy 'None'
2013-04-18 11:56:47,050 - softwarecenter.db.database - INFO - open() database: path=None use_axi=True use_agent=True
2013-04-18 11:56:48,620 - softwarecenter.backend.reviews - WARNING - Could not get usefulness from server, no username in config file
2013-04-18 11:56:49,354 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.app - INFO - show_available_packages: search_text is '', app is None.
2013-04-18 11:56:50,782 - softwarecenter.db.pkginfo_impl.aptcache - INFO - aptcache.open()
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/pkginfo_impl/aptcache.py", line 243, in open
    self._cache = apt.Cache(GtkMainIterationProgress())
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 102, in __init__
    self.open(progress)
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/apt/cache.py", line 145, in open
    self._cache = apt_pkg.Cache(progress)
SystemError: E:Type 'ain' is not known on line 3 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sunab-kdenlive-release-precise.list, E:The list of sources could not be read., E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
2013-04-18 11:56:54,320 - softwarecenter.db.enquire - ERROR - _get_estimate_nr_apps_and_nr_pkgs failed
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/enquire.py", line 115, in _get_estimate_nr_apps_and_nr_pkgs
    tmp_matches = enquire.get_mset(0, len(self.db), None, xfilter)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/appfilter.py", line 89, in __call__
    if (not pkgname in self.cache and
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/pkginfo_impl/aptcache.py", line 263, in __contains__
    return self._cache.__contains__(k)
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute '__contains__'
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/software-center", line 176, in 
    app.run(args)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/app.py", line 1422, in run
    self.show_available_packages(args)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/app.py", line 1352, in show_available_packages
    self.view_manager.set_active_view(ViewPages.AVAILABLE)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/session/viewmanager.py", line 154, in set_active_view
    view_widget.init_view()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/panes/availablepane.py", line 171, in init_view
    self.apps_filter)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 238, in __init__
    self.build(desktopdir)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 511, in build
    self._build_homepage_view()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 271, in _build_homepage_view
    self._append_whats_new()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 450, in _append_whats_new
    whats_new_cat = self._update_whats_new_content()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/ui/gtk3/views/catview_gtk.py", line 439, in _update_whats_new_content
    docs = whats_new_cat.get_documents(self.db)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/categories.py", line 124, in get_documents
    nonblocking_load=False)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/enquire.py", line 317, in set_query
    self._blocking_perform_search()
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/enquire.py", line 212, in _blocking_perform_search
    matches = enquire.get_mset(0, self.limit, None, xfilter)
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/appfilter.py", line 89, in __call__
    if (not pkgname in self.cache and
  File "/usr/share/software-center/softwarecenter/db/pkginfo_impl/aptcache.py", line 263, in __contains__
    return self._cache.__contains__(k)
AttributeError: 'NoneType' object has no attribute '__contains__'

I am using 12.04 64 bit

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SystemError: E:Type 'ain' is not known on line 3 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sunab-kdenlive-release-precise.list
E:The list of sources could not be read.
E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

This is the cause of your problem it would seem. Perhaps if you don't want this PPA to remain, you should sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/sunab-kdenlive-release-precise.list to delete the file, then run sudo apt-get update to update the sources, then try to open Software Center again.

Aside from that, the crash itself is a bug, and you should file a bug report about it, as bug reports are off topic for Ask Ubuntu.

  • thanks, i just opened a root file browser (gksu nautilus) and went to that directory and deleted the ppa :D thanks for your help – ubuntu_blenderer Apr 18 '13 at 18:51
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The solution that I have found to solve this bug, for ubuntu 32bits 14.04, Trusty Tahr, after many months of research, and many misleading information found on the web/google/blogs/forums is very simple, but difficult to understand for newbies and non-coders.

CAUTION: The Internet is full of 'false solution' (ie. or very case singular) to software-center bug affecting ubuntu users, and that lead to make your system even more corrupted and buggier than before, so please do take your time to understand what you are intending to "sudo" with or you will be in trouble.

After reading around quite a bit on several similar and somewhat related bug reports, the following 2 steps solved it for me (or seem to have solved it for all the systems I could identify with same crash log - which is also misleading - caution reading logs!).

Does not need to purge software-center or upgrade distribution or worst: DO NOT REINSTALL YOUR SYSTEM! Does not have to do with dbus or proxy or hardware problems, these are just side effects.

I diagnosed the problem as a 'pip' bug or 'pip configuration' corruption and its consequence on python subsystem.

So I targeted it as the result of a python 'pip' installation bug after a wrong 'pip' installation of a non standard package repository.

The solution is in part found for the 'pip' problem here:

REF: https://github.com/pypa/pip/issues/2686 User: jayachar88 commented on Apr 15, 2015

The solution is very simple at the end, just do this:

$ sudo python -m pip install --upgrade --force setuptools
$ sudo python -m pip install --upgrade --force pip

Not only does this solves python exception error with pip upgrade, but also a greater bug of Ubuntu community, which is the software-center crash bug.

Cheers!

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