On woody, I get the following error. It worked yesterday...
# apt-get update
Hit http://snoopy.apana.org.au unstable/main Packages
Hit http://snoopy.apana.org.au unstable/main Release
Hit http://snoopy.apana.org.au unstable/selinux Packages
Hit http://snoopy.apana.org.au unstable/selinux Release
Fetched 183kB in 60s (3039B/s)
Reading Package Lists... Error!
E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room
E: Error occured while processing mozilla-browser (NewFileVer1)
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/dpkg/status
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
/var/lib/status looks OK to me, including the mozilla-browser entry.
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1486196 Jun 9 18:35 /var/lib/dpkg/status
status contains information on a lot of packages I *know* I have never
installed before (listed as purged), I tried "dpkg --forget-old-unavail"
but this didn't remove them.
Also memory is hardly short in supply:
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 256832 234508 22324 0 46880 91332
-/+ buffers/cache: 96296 160536
Swap: 491360 159148 332212
So how do I make apt-get start working again?
Brian May <firstname.lastname@example.org>