Adept hangup

Rebel Lion obsidion at
Sat Jan 13 22:56:47 GMT 2007

On Sunday 14 January 2007 11:35, Gerald I. Evenden wrote:
> Adept noted about 44 updates to my system so I proceeded to start the
> process. Since this is a somewhat length process I left the computer to its
> devices and returned about 40 minutes later with the screen showing about
> 3% completion on installing one of the updates.  The downloads had been
> completed.
> But, after several moments, the Adept still showed 3% completion and it
> became obvious that Adept was in hyperspace.  I tried everything I could
> think of to get Adept to cleanly quit but to no avail.
> Even after rebooting I now get the message:
> "You will not be able to change your system settings in any way (install,
> remove or upgrade software), because another process is using the packaging
> system database (probably some other Adept application or apt-get or
> aptitude). Please close the other application before using this one."
> whenever I try to execute Adept.  A "ps -A" gives me no clue as to what
> might be running and suspect that some file or directory has been locked.
> HELP!  How do I get this cleaned up.

  A couple of ideas may help

sudo apt-get install -f 
from a terminal

 Failing that if you remember the hung package

cd to /var/cache/apt/archives

and sudo dpkg -i packagename

You might need to add the dependencies to the line with a space between

sudo dpkg -i packagename dependencyname anotherdname

BOFH excuse #197:

I'm sorry a pentium won't do, you need an SGI to connect with us.

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