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I stopped using Linux for a while, but recently began a computer science course in college and decided to install Ubuntu 11.04 into VMWare.

I needed to download an IDE. I type:

user@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get install geany
Reading package lists... Error!
E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_i18n_Translation-en
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

I remembered about the "clean", "clean all", and "update" flags. So I tried them. I didn't copy everything, but there were more errors higher up in the terminal.

user@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get clean
user@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update
W: GPG error: http://extras.ubuntu.com natty InRelease: The following signatures were invalid: NODATA 1 NODATA 2
W: GPG error: http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty InRelease: The following signatures were invalid: NODATA 1 NODATA 2
W: GPG error: http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security InRelease: The following signatures were invalid: NODATA 1 NODATA 2
W: Failed to fetch http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/main/source/Sources  0  Ok

W: Failed to fetch http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty-security/main/source/Sources  0  Ok [IP: 91.189.92.166 80]

W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/universe/binary-i386/Packages  0  Ok [IP: 91.189.88.45 80]

W: Failed to fetch http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/multiverse/binary-i386/Packages  404  Not Found [IP: 91.189.88.45 80]

W: Failed to fetch http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/main/binary-i386/Packages  0  Ok

E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

So, I thought I could delete the aptitude lists and it would fix it. So I did.

user@ubuntu:~$ sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/extras.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/extras.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_binary-i386_Packages.IndexDiff'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/extras.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_i18n_Index'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/extras.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_i18n_Translation-en'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/lock'
rm: cannot remove `/var/lib/apt/lists/partial': Is a directory
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_main_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_main_i18n_Translation-en%5fUS'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_main_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_multiverse_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_multiverse_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_restricted_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_restricted_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_universe_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_universe_i18n_Index'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-security_universe_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_i18n_Translation-en'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_i18n_Translation-en%5fUS'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_source_Sources.IndexDiff'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_multiverse_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_multiverse_i18n_Translation-en'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_multiverse_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_restricted_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_restricted_i18n_Translation-en%5fUS'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_restricted_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_universe_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_universe_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_main_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_main_i18n_Translation-en'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_main_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_multiverse_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_multiverse_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_Release'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_restricted_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_restricted_i18n_Translation-en%5fUS'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_restricted_source_Sources'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_restricted_source_Sources.IndexDiff'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_universe_binary-i386_Packages'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_universe_i18n_Translation-en'
removed `/var/lib/apt/lists/us.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty-updates_universe_source_Sources'

And then, tried to update again.

Same errors.

Can someone help me, please?

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Solved. I commented out the "deb-src" sources in /etc/apt/sources.list and removed all of the sources from security.ubuntu.com because they were causing the error. Sweet.

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