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can someone tell me how to fix this,

E: Malformed line 50 in source list /etc/apt/sources.list (dist parse)
E: The list of sources could not be read.

running Ubuntu 12.04, downloading k9copy when happened, appreciate your help and please give step by step instructions I am very new to this. Thanks

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  • The answers to the malformed line91 did not work for me, I did not consider duplicate question because of line number but tried after seeing responses anyway. I'll try the deleting and enable multiverse next. – sageflower Feb 15 '14 at 9:11
  • Could you add your sources.list content. – Braiam Feb 15 '14 at 15:45
  • Not sure what you are asking? I took Olupot Douglas advice, deleted the source file than update, which solved the problem. Are you wanting to see what was deleted? – sageflower Feb 15 '14 at 23:36
  • source list to long but can break up in several sections to send if that is what your wanting – sageflower Feb 15 '14 at 23:40
  • Doesn't matter, you have up to 30000 characters to dump the contents of /etc/apt/sources.list and every file under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ – Braiam Feb 16 '14 at 1:54
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Try making a copy of your sources.list file and then delete the original file (sources.list), and enable multiverse like belowtaken from k9copy

then perform an update

 sudo apt-get update
 sudo apt-get install k9copy

Try that and visit this for details

  • I'm going to try this but first would like to know what am I to do with to do with the copy of the source list file? – sageflower Feb 15 '14 at 9:15
  • keep it just incase you need your original settings. you installed softwares – Olu Smith Feb 15 '14 at 9:17

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