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Fix "dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0014'" Error In Ubuntu

Fix “dpkg: error: parsing file ‘/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0014′” Error In Ubuntu

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The other day I was testing a tool named OnionShare which is used to share files of any size securely and anonymously in Unix-like operating systems. While trying to install it in my Ubuntu test box, I encountered with this error -> "E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem". As the APT package manager suggested, I ran "sudo dpkg --configure -a", but still no luck. I got a new error message which I haven't seen in the past. The error was: "dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0014' near line 0: newline in field name '#padding'".

If you ever encountered with an error something like above, you're in good hands. Follow the steps given below to fix it. I tested this in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS desktop and server editions. I suppose this solution may work in older Ubuntu versions and other Ubuntu derivatives like Linux Mint, Elementary OS etc.

Fix "dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0014'" Error In Ubuntu

To fix this error, just remove the problematic file i.e. /var/lib/dpkg/updates/0014 in my case. Replace the file name with your own. And also, before deleting the file, make sure you have backup of the file.

$ sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/updates/0014

Next, clean the package cache using command:

$ sudo apt-get clean

Then, update the software repositories using command:

$ sudo apt-get update

Finally, run the following command to fix the error:

$ sudo dpkg --configure -a

And, the problem is gone! I could be then able to install any software on my Ubuntu system.

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9 comments

ramzi July 2, 2019 - 8:34 am

not work

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Miler September 29, 2019 - 8:01 pm

Thank you! It worked.

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seshagiri rao October 2, 2019 - 5:00 pm

Hi I have this issue with ubuntu updates I am using 18.4 ver. when I try to update I get the following error message

E: Unable to parse package file /var/lib/dpkg/status (1)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
E: The package cache file is corrupted.

what do I need to do to get this thing fixed?

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Majid October 12, 2019 - 12:46 am

it’s worked well. You’re amazing.
thanks

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SuperComputing November 11, 2019 - 9:54 pm

Thanks very much, worked perfectly.

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Vishal November 21, 2019 - 4:54 pm

Thank you! It worked.

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Alexandre de Moraes March 9, 2020 - 8:41 pm

Thank you very much, solved for me.

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Farah April 20, 2020 - 9:01 pm

Thank you so much! it worked!

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Mtango Stephen September 15, 2020 - 10:12 am

it’s worked well. You’re amazing.

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