A lot of users are reporting this error in Cydia – Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status – open (2: No such file or Directory) The Package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened. Let’s fix it!
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What does “Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status” Cydia Error mean?
“Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status” error means that some important files are missing from Cydia installer.
It usually occurs when you use the “Erase All Content and Settings” option from Settings.
Now there are 2 ways to fix the “Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status” error –
- Sideload YaluFix or modified mach_portal IPA file.
- Manually fix with iFunBox utility.
How to Fix Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status Cydia Error on iOS 10
Method #1 [Recommended]
It’s a fully automated solution. Just sideload the IPA with Cydia Impactor and you’re good to go. It really is that simple.
Step 1 Download i-funbox.com from here.
Step 2 Download CydiaFix zip package from here and extract it on your desktop. This zip archive contains the Cydia’s system files and MTerminal IPA file.
Step 3 Download Cydia Impactor utility from here.
Step 4 Connect your device to the computer with a USB cable.
Step 5 Start iFunBox utility.
Step 6 Go to the iBooks section.
Step 7 Drag the lib folder across to the iBooks section.
Step 8 Install MobileTerminal.ipa with Cydia Impactor. Follow this guide if you don’t know how to use Cydia Impactor.
Step 9 Fire up MTerminal terminal emulator. Enter the following commands exactly as shown below. Press enter/return key after each line.
cp -R /var/mobile/Media/Books/lib /var
Step 10 Reboot your iOS device.
Step 11 Re-jailbreak your device with yalu102 or mach_portal using Cydia Impactor. Follow this guide to properly re-jailbreak your device.
That’s all there’s to it! Cydia will be working just fine and Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status – open (2: No such file or directory) will be gone now.
Were you able to fix Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status Error?
Hopefully, this error should be fixed if you have followed the above tutorial correctly. If you are still facing errors, please leave a comment below.
Remember, DO NOT use the “Erase All Content and Settings” option without proper precautions. If you really want to use this option, use SemiRestore10-Lite or OSRestoreX tool. These tools will make this option completely safe.
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For other jailbreak-related errors, follow this Yalu Jailbreak Troubleshooting FAQ.