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apt-get update fails

Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:50 pm

To install Raspberry Pwn by Pwnie Express it says you have to use the Debian Wheezy soft-floating point image. I eventually found what seems to be the latest image for this at :


It has been removed from the normal downloads page.

I installed the image in the normal way and have expanded the "/" partition to the full card size of 8GB with "raspi-config".

However after rebooting and trying to run "apt-get update" you get the following:

[email protected]:~# apt-get update
Hit http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy Release.gpg
Hit http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy Release
Hit http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy/main armel Packages
Hit http://http.debian.net wheezy Release.gpg
Hit http://http.debian.net wheezy Release
Ign http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy/main Translation-en_GB
Ign http://archive.raspberrypi.org wheezy/main Translation-en
Hit http://http.debian.net wheezy/main armel Packages
Hit http://http.debian.net wheezy/contrib armel Packages
Hit http://http.debian.net wheezy/non-free armel Packages
Hit http://http.debian.net wheezy/contrib Translation-en
Hit http://http.debian.net wheezy/main Translation-en
Hit http://http.debian.net wheezy/non-free Translation-en
Reading package lists... Error!
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.
[email protected]:~#

Does anyone know how to fix this?

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Re: apt-get update fails

Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:14 am

You could remove the offending repo from your /etc/apt/sources.list or /etc/apt/sources.list.d/*.list then retry.

If you don't have any non-free translation packages installed it won't cause a problem.
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