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#1 JackieBrown

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 04:50 PM

Hi,
 
What I am about to describe to you, started after a standard
update/ upgrade of the system. From that moment on, I'm
having issues with the apt manager which started with the
following message: dpkg was interrupted you must manually
run dpkg --configure -a to correct the problem
_cache -> open () failed please report
 
 
I proceeded as adviced (dpkg --configure -a) and the result was
dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0029' near line 0:
new line at the field name `#padding' and from that (in order to
fix this) I gave the command dpkg -clear avail but unfortunately
with no result.
 
 
Regarding the message _cache -> open() failed please report
I gave rm/var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf again without having any result,
In the meantime while trying to figure things out, there was
also a message to run the command apt-get -f install
to correct some dependencies.
 
 
At the time being I constantly get the following message
E: The value 'stable' is invalid for APT :: Default-Release
as such a release is not available in the sources
E: _cache-> open () failed, please report.
 
 
I do not know what else I can do and also the system
has become quite unstable. 
 
 
Please advice.
Thank you in advance.


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Posted 25 December 2016 - 05:47 PM

Hi, Jackie.

 

It would help enormously if you let us know which operating system you're running (Ubuntu? Linux Mint? etc.), and also which release (14.04, 14.10.15.04, etc., for Ubuntu; 17, 17.2, 17.3, 18, etc, for Linux Mint)....that kind of thing.

 

Although many OSs use the apt packaging system (usually Debian-based of one flavour or another), we can tailor help more closely if we know which one to concentrate our efforts on.

 

It may turn out that the simplest answer would be to re-install.....but we do need some basic details first, please. Others will chip-in to help, I expect.

 

 

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 05:57 PM

Hi Mike,

 

Mint 13

 

Thanks for your response



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Posted 25 December 2016 - 07:08 PM

Hi, Jackie.

 

Mm. I'm no expert on the Debian-based systems, having given up on them well over a year ago (I run a dozen 'Puppies' now!), but I think I'm right in saying that Mint 13 isn't supported any longer? Not sure about that; it may have reached end-of-life. As I said, others should be able to inform you more fully on that one.

 

Hang in there; help will soon be on the way. It may take a wee while, though; it is Xmas, after all.

 

 

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Posted 25 December 2016 - 10:39 PM

Yeah mint 13's support will not be around for long.

Better try mint 17 or 18 


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Posted 25 December 2016 - 10:52 PM

Try removing  apt.conf

rm -f /etc/apt/apt.conf

However I also think its time to move on from Mint 13.



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Posted 26 December 2016 - 12:38 PM

@Mike_Walsh & @MadmanRB

 

Thank you for your answers. Indeed upgrade seems to be

the obvious solution but not for the time being. The support

of the current version comes to an end of April 2017 and I

am planing on keeping things as is until then.

 

@NickAu

 

Thank you very much for your help but do you feel totally certain

about the safety of your proposal? Because this is configuration

file and I feel that this way it will get tha manager destroyed.

 

Excuse me if i am wrong..



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Posted 26 December 2016 - 07:39 PM

Hi Jackie

 

You can always make a copy of your original apt.conf and save it someplace then if needed you restore it.



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 05:10 AM

 

 

However I also think its time to move on from Mint 13.

 

+1! :thumbup2:

 

Because EOL is around 4 months away. That doesn't mean that it's unusable, just that there'll be no future updates for the OS (potentially putting yourself at risk), plenty of reason to give Mint 17 a shot, supported until April 2019. Better yet, if your hardware will handle it, may as well go for Mint 18 LTS, the latest, supported until April 2021. As long as the CPU is PAE capable, there should be no problem, and if needed, can be forced to install on older systems that lacks PAE. However in that case, I'd recommend Mint 17 instead (MATE or Xfce), may have support for some components that the latest doesn't. 

 

Here's the list of Linux Mint downloads. Be sure to select the proper download for your computer's hardware (32 or 64 bit). 

 

https://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php

 

You can do this w/out losing any of your content in your Home folder. Simply connect an external with adequate space, create a folder, named to something you'll remember (example, Linux Mint 13 Home Items), and drag each folder (all subfolders will be included) with content to that folder. After clean installing the newer Linux Mint, you'll see the same folders. Plug in your external that you saved the folders to, then look at those folders. Now delete the ones bearing the same name on your new install, and drag these over the same way. This is what I've been doing for 2-3 years & have never lost a file. Plus you'll have an extra backup of downloads, documents, receipts, etc. :)

 

The last time I ran LM 13, had to remove one of the update sources because the PPA was no longer maintained, and by now, I'd imagine that there's more on the list. So the sooner you upgrade to a newer release, the better. Any questions, bumps in the road, whatever, we're here to assist you in any way possible. :)

 

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