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linux lubuntu HD4000 intel ivy-bridge 8gb 1600 ram.

I am getting a duplicate entry error message from synaptic package manager and it says the problem is there. I am wondering a few things:

  1. What this directory is.

  2. Whether it safe to simply delete the offending duplicates from there.

  3. Whether this is a useful new discovery... Is this where all the packages I have no use for end up and something I can edit to suit my fancy in the long run? It would be nice to be able to reduce the clutter in my package manager. Especially find a way to get rid of all the 32 bit stuff or older versions of programs I have downloaded manually elsewhere.

I had meant to post this in linux! So if this is wrong place let me know and I will move it there!

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Your question probably has a better home on askubuntu but please search their site for similar questions that may already have the answer you're looking for. –  Iain Nov 17 '12 at 16:19

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From man apt-get

/var/lib/apt/lists/
Storage area for state information for each package resource
specified in sources.list(5) Configuration Item: Dir::State::Lists.

/var/lib/apt/lists/partial/
Storage area for state information in transit. Configuration Item:
Dir::State::Lists (partial will be implicitly appended)

So it's something that apt-get update can recreate

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