BitTorrent is the program of choice for transferring large files between computers, especially on slow connections. Transmission is the official client with Ubuntu but it has its limitations e.g. separate encryption setting for each file. Deluge is the next client of choice. However after I installed Deluge, it failed to restart after a crash shut down. Clicking on icon produced no response. Continue reading
Ubuntu One syncdaemon was working but was not syncing the files as the balloon message would keep on showing increasing number of files. First I had to install Ubuntu One GTK from software Manager as Xubuntu Raring Ringtail has no GUI interface. starting the GUI Ubuntu One I get this message:
“File Sync error. (auth failed (AUTH_FAILED))”
Open Terminal (Control+Alt+T) and run: Continue reading
The buggy Ubuntu has become what used to be ‘Windows 95’ i.e. crashing without reason (or user stimuli) whatsoever. Rather falling under its own weight. I have already replaced Ubuntu Precise vanilla 12.04 with Linux Mint 13 on two computers. It appears that time has come for change that will be away from Ubuntu. There is nothing more annoying than working for first day after holidays and being greeted with a crash report. Today the Update Manager Crashed with following message and advice to report bug:
An unresolvable problem occurred while initializing the package information. Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the following error message: 'E:Encountered a section with no Package: header, E:Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise-security_main_i18n_Translation-en, E:The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.'
This is the error message from “apt-get update”:
Reading package lists... Error! E: Encountered a section with no Package: header E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_precise-security_main_i18n_Translation-en E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
Executing following command
sudo apt get install -f
merely repeated the above message.
It appears that it is a well-known bug and a persistent one. There is some mix-up in package lists. Executing following commands at Terminal deleted existing lists and resolved the problem:
sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/*
The above did give an error that it can not remove the ‘partial’ as it is directory. But we ignored it and updated the system manually from the terminal with following command:
sudo apt-get update
The update took longer but it resolved the problem for now. Thus started the New Year 2013.
© Sandeep Bhalla