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I have been trying to get updates on my Quantal Desktop and apt-get update gives me the following:

Reading package lists... Error!
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/sa.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_quantal_main_i18n_Translation-en%5fUS
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

I have tried deleting the file


and then apt-get update again and still get the same error. I have also tried visitng the actual directory through a browser ( and that does not exist. What should I do now?

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Please post the contents of your /etc/apt/sources.list and the result of ls /etc/apt/sources.d. – terdon Jan 29 '13 at 13:02
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The problem I had was that my University was blocking the Ubuntu repos and mirrors. I tried opening up the file at:


and it gives me the default page used by the IT department to block certain sites. My solution was to use VPN.

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