Re: [SLUG] Debian upgrade errors

From: Levi Bard (
Date: Mon Sep 15 2003 - 20:48:36 EDT

> After a system lockup and a run of fsck I can't do a
> system upgrade Here is the errors I'm getting from
> apt-get upgrade
> Reading Package Lists... Error!
> W: Encountered status field in a non-version
> description
> E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
> E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
> E: The package lists or status file could not be
> parsed or opened.
> I've restored the /var/lib/dpkg/status file from a
> backup but no luck in getting apt to work. Does this
> requre a reinstall to fix?

First thing to try is apt-get update, which may or may not fix a corrupted cache. If that doesn't work, you may want to try backing up /var/lib/dpkg and/or /var/lib/apt and then restoring them from older backups.
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