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After searching I have had no luck finding an answer to my issue...

Every related question I find says it's a duplicate of This Question, but I have not been able to resolve the issue through this thread...

Here is the output I recieve when running apt-get for ANY reason.

Reading package lists... Error!
E: Problem parsing dependency Depends
E: Error occurred while processing librhythmbox-core8 (NewVersion2)
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

This just started happening today, and I had made absolutely no changes to my system beforehand... So I'm not sure where the problem came from.

I apologize if this is indeed a duplicate question, but I would really benefit from some direction in this case other than being pointed to a duplicate question... Or, maybe I just don't understand the answers given in the other thread???

Here is the out put from running : sudo apt-get clean && sudo apt-get update && dpkg -l | grep librhythmbox-core8

user@computer:~$ sudo apt-get clean
[sudo] password for user: 
user@computer:~$ sudo apt-get update
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Reading package lists... Error!
E: Problem parsing dependency Depends
E: Error occurred while processing librhythmbox-core8 (NewVersion2)
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
user@computer:~$ dpkg -l | grep librythmbox-core8
dpkg-query: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 47256 package 'libcupscgi1:amd64':
field name `'model' must be followed by colon
user@computer:~$

And here is the output of running ls -l /var/backups/dpkg.status.*

user@computer:~$ ls -l /var/backups/dpkg.status.*
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2674043 Mar 22 00:46 /var/backups/dpkg.status.0
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  720501 Mar 20 15:14 /var/backups/dpkg.status.1.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  720493 Mar 10 21:50 /var/backups/dpkg.status.2.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  720031 Mar  7 01:24 /var/backups/dpkg.status.3.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  683814 Mar  4 02:13 /var/backups/dpkg.status.4.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  678609 Mar  4 01:52 /var/backups/dpkg.status.5.gz
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  669474 Mar  2 22:54 /var/backups/dpkg.status.6.gz
user@computer:~$ 
  • what is the command that you issued? – Pascal Fares Mar 24 '16 at 8:47
  • I get this exact error with any command starting with apt-get, in this specific instance I was attempting to remove rhythmbox via sudo apt-get remove rhythmbox but i get the same for sudo apt-get update also – Bryan Bond Mar 24 '16 at 8:52
  • what is the output of sudo apt-get clean ? the sudo apt-get update ? – Pascal Fares Mar 24 '16 at 9:00
  • what is the output of dpkg -l | grep librhythmbox-core8 – Pascal Fares Mar 24 '16 at 9:04
  • The output of ls -l /var/backups/dpkg.status.* ? – GAD3R Mar 24 '16 at 18:47
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Try the following command:

cd /var/backups
head dpkg.status.0
gunzip dpkg.status.1.gz
head dpkg.status.1
cp /var/backups/dpkg.status.1 /var/lib/dpkg/status
head /var/lib/dpkg/status
apt-get update
  • Thank you so much! My system is now working properly!!! :D – Bryan Bond Mar 24 '16 at 19:14
  • I'm curious if you would mind explaining each of these commands you mentioned here? I know what cd means obviously, but would like to gain as much understanding about how I fixed the issue as possible... And again, thank you! – Bryan Bond Mar 25 '16 at 5:50
  • when you install a programm , update , upgrade , the current status will be saved on /var/backups as you can see you have sames dpkg.status.xsorted by date , we can try to restore the recent one. if dosn't work we try to restore the others. – GAD3R Mar 25 '16 at 10:13

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