E: Unable to parse package file /var/lib/apt/lists /archive.canonical.com_ubuntu_dists_xenial_InRelease (1)


Got this error after software update using software update in ubuntu.

Reading package lists... Error!
E: Unable to parse package file /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.canonical.com_ubuntu_dists_xenial_InRelease (1)
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

How to resolve this error?

asked 2 years ago
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Simply remove that file and update the system.

Open the terminal by icon or pressing CTRL+ALT+T and put the below commands one by one.

$ cd /var/lib/apt/lists/
$ sudo rm archive.canonical.com_ubuntu_dists_xenial_InRelease
$ sudo apt-get update

Now error will be gone.

answered 2 years ago
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