[olug] Two Ubuntu related problems

Daniel Linder dan at linder.org
Tue Jan 24 14:37:56 UTC 2006

> On 1/23/06, Joe Gulizia <jrguliz at yahoo.com> wrote: 

>> 2) I have problems updating Ubuntu...I get this 

>> prompt "UNABLE TO GET EXCLUSIVE LOCK -- This usually 

>> means that another package management application 

>> system like apt-get or aptitude is already running. 

>> Please close that application first." 


>> Ubuntu documentation is not very straightforward (at 

>> keast for me). 

I'm new to the Ubuntu/Debian world, but I would expect that there is a
"lock file" laying around somewhere that wasn't cleaned up by
apt-get or other package manager.

Some Googling on "apt-get lock file" shows that
"/var/state/apt/lists/lock" might be the key.  After a
clean reboot, does that file exist?  Can you re-name it and try your
update again?

Maybe someone with a deeper knowledge of apt-get can shed some light
here.  So far my experience with Kubuntu has been pretty positive.


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