Ubuntu 11.04 Update Manager Could not initialize the package information.

I have been running the latest Ubuntu 11.04 for about a month now, and the update manager was always working like a charm, though I had an error few days back when trying to update my Ubuntu using Ubuntu Update Manger. The error was as follow:

Could not initialize the package information. Please report this bug agaist the ‘update-manager’ package that include the following error message:

‘E:Encoutered a section with no Package: header, E:problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/ae.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dist_natty_main_binary-amd64_Package, E:The package lists or status files could not be parsed or opened.’

A snapshot image of the error is showing below:


As I fuzzed with the error for two days, I thought I will share how I resolved it with other Ubuntu users in the community to make sure they are well on in no time. below is the commands I have ran that resolved the above problem & should work out for you too:

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

After that just run the Ubuntu Update Manager, & you should be all ready to go.

Enjoy using Ubuntu & happy updating.

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56 Responses to “Ubuntu 11.04 Update Manager Could not initialize the package information.”

  1. Ryan says:

    “Couldn’t initialize it?” I can’t even find it. I have never seen a more compiled conglomeration of garbage than the Linux Operating Systems; at this point I’m pretty much done with it. What is it that usually happens to something you get for free? You throw it in the trash!

  2. Ravi says:

    This uBuntu is junk… i also have this problem of
    rm: cannot remove `/var/lib/apt/lists/partial’: Is a directory

    why is it so hard in linux?
    If i try to delete the partial directory, i get permission error
    also, i cannot change attrib to 777…

    planning to un-install… this is not workable…

  3. admin says:

    Hi Ravi,

    I guess you should run back to Windows if you can not spend some time to adapt to the great Linux. Don’t forget that you have spent most of your life learning windows, so if you needed few weeks to adapt to Linux that should not be bad.


  4. Bhavin says:

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    Many Thanks!

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  6. tomi says:

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