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

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 an 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. But, 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.

And, that’s all. Hope this was useful. More good stuffs to come. Stay tuned!

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