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I am using Ubuntu 11.10. After upgrading, neither software-center nor update-manager would run. I get a segmentation fault when launched from the console. I can do sudo apt-get update without problem, but the upgrade does not work neither does the installation of any package i.e.,sudo apt-get upgrade or sudo apt-get install emacs simply returns the prompt back and nothing happens.

More exactly : software-center gives this : 2012-01-30 16:07:17,144 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.em - INFO - EM's: 17 15 21 Segmentation fault Nothing else happens then. With update-manager: Segmentation fault A window flashes and immediately goes away. With sudo apt-get install emacs and sudo apt-get upgrade nothing happens with either of these two commands. sudo apt-get upgrade works well though

  • Could you please add the exact error message to your question? – Nitin Venkatesh Jan 30 '12 at 13:40
  • More exactly : $ software-center gives this : 2012-01-30 16:07:17,144 - softwarecenter.ui.gtk3.em - INFO - EM's: 17 15 21 Segmentation fault Nothing else happen then. With $ update-manager Segmentation fault A window flashes and immediately goes away. With $ sudo apt-get install emacs and $ sudo apt-get upgrade nothing happen with neither of this two last commands. (the $sudo apt-get upgrade works well) François – François Jan 30 '12 at 15:15
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According to this thread on the Ubuntu Forums (for which the solution was originally found on this thread):

Question:

When I click System > Administration > Update Manager it comes up (grayed out) and the small "Starting Update Manager" window comes up but when the bar is half filled it disappears.

Answer:

According to a forum thread from the archive, http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=19563, you should be able to fix the problem by issuing the following command from a terminal:

sudo rm /var/cache/apt/*.bin
  • Most welcome :) – Nitin Venkatesh Jan 31 '12 at 3:00
  • Just had the same problem but /var/cache/apt has no *.bin files in it. Any other suggestions? – Peter Flynn Jan 23 '16 at 14:40

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