When I try to open software center, it gets closed within 5 seconds after being opened. I am not able to install or un-install any software using terminal too. When I tried to uninstall Software center, the following was shown:

Reading package lists... Error!

E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/dl.google.com_linux_chrome_deb_dists_stable_main_i18n_Translation-en%5fIN

E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

Please help me to solve the problem.


Try this:

sudo rm -f /var/lib/apt/lists/dl.google.com_linux_chrome_deb_dists_stable_main_*


sudo apt-get update

This should solve your problem

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Open a terminal and type:

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf 

sudo apt-get clean all

sudo apt-get update

Hopefully that fixed your problem:

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