Unexpected error messsage

Acer aspire 1 running peppermint5 and at latest build, produced a red cross in a white bubble in a red square asking to run package managet or apt-get as serious problem

apt-get update gave following output

lindsey@lindsey-Aspire ~ $ sudo apt-get update
[sudo] password for lindsey:
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty InRelease
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty InRelease
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty Release.gpg
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty Release.gpg
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty Release
Ign http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security InRelease
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty Release
Get:1 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security Release.gpg [933 B]
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty/main i386 Packages
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty/main Translation-en
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty/main i386 Packages
Get:2 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security Release [62.0 kB]
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty/main Translation-en_GB
Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net trusty/main Translation-en
Get:3 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/restricted Sources [2,061 B]
Get:4 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/multiverse Sources [1,905 B]
Get:5 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/main Sources [72.5 kB]
Get:6 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/universe Sources [17.9 kB]
Get:7 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/main i386 Packages [215 kB]
Get:8 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/restricted i386 Packages [8,846 B]
Get:9 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/universe i386 Packages [88.1 kB]
Get:10 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/multiverse i386 Packages [3,628 B]
Get:11 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/main Translation-en [115 kB]
Get:12 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/multiverse Translation-en [1,580 B]
Get:13 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/restricted Translation-en [2,266 B]
Get:14 http://security.ubuntu.com trusty-security/universe Translation-en [48.7 kB]
Ign http://archive.canonical.com trusty InRelease
Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com trusty InRelease
Ign http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty InRelease
Hit http://archive.canonical.com trusty Release.gpg
Get:15 http://extras.ubuntu.com trusty Release.gpg [72 B]
Ign http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates InRelease
Hit http://archive.canonical.com trusty Release
Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com trusty Release
Ign http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports InRelease
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty Release.gpg
Hit http://archive.canonical.com trusty/partner Sources
Get:16 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates Release.gpg [933 B]
Hit http://archive.canonical.com trusty/partner i386 Packages
Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com trusty/main Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports Release.gpg
Hit http://archive.canonical.com trusty/partner Translation-en
Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com trusty/main i386 Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty Release
Get:17 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates Release [62.0 kB]
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports Release
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/restricted Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/multiverse Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/main Sources
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/universe Sources
Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com trusty/main Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/main i386 Packages
Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com trusty/main Translation-en
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/restricted i386 Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/universe i386 Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/multiverse i386 Packages
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/main Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/main Translation-en
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/multiverse Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/multiverse Translation-en
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/restricted Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/restricted Translation-en
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/universe Translation-en_GB
Hit http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty/universe Translation-en
Get:18 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/restricted Sources [2,564 B]
Get:19 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/multiverse Sources [4,484 B]
Get:20 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/main Sources [184 kB]
Get:21 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/universe Sources [107 kB]
Get:22 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/main i386 Packages [447 kB]
Get:23 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/restricted i386 Packages [9,256 B]
Get:24 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/universe i386 Packages [260 kB]
Get:25 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/multiverse i386 Packages [11.3 kB]
Get:26 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/main Translation-en [220 kB]
Get:27 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/multiverse Translation-en [5,508 B]
Get:28 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/restricted Translation-en [2,433 B]
Get:29 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-updates/universe Translation-en [133 kB]
Get:30 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/main Sources [5,298 B]
Get:31 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/restricted Sources [28 B]
Get:32 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/universe Sources [22.5 kB]
Get:33 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/multiverse Sources [1,898 B]
Get:34 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/main i386 Packages [5,550 B]
Get:35 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/restricted i386 Packages [28 B]
Get:36 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/universe i386 Packages [26.3 kB]
Get:37 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/multiverse i386 Packages [1,249 B]
Get:38 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/main Translation-en [3,233 B]
Get:39 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/multiverse Translation-en [776 B]
Get:40 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/restricted Translation-en [14 B]
Get:41 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com trusty-backports/universe Translation-en [24.3 kB]
Fetched 2,181 kB in 19s (109 kB/s)
Reading package lists… Error!
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/gb.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_trusty_main_i18n_Translation-en
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
lindsey@lindsey-Aspire ~ $

of which I guess the last few lines are significant.

I have a backup of the data so if the easiest solution is re-install peppermint that can be done. There was a note that developers should be notified.

Any advice welcome!

Open a terminal and run these commands in sequence:

sudo mv -v /var/lib/apt/lists /var/lib/apt/lists-broken


sudo mkdir -vp /var/lib/apt/lists/partial

then do you still get errors at the end of

sudo apt-get update


Scripts run and worked exactly as you expected. Rebooted folowed by extensive update and no more error message. Wife is most impressed - by you. Don’t you ever sleep?

Many thanks

Didn’t you know … I’m an ‘improbability drive’ powered robot, just think of me as Marvin (mark II) with an upgraded mood chip.

You’re most welcome :slight_smile: