Adept problems

Jarkko Palviainen jarkko.palviainen at
Sat Nov 3 22:15:56 GMT 2007

On Sat, 03 Nov 2007 23:43:41 +0200, Jim <mickeyboa at> wrote:

> Kubuntu 7.10    Error message;
> "another process is using the packaging system data base. probly another
> adept application or apt-get"
> There are no other applications running, I even shutoff the computer and
> restarted it and only
> tried to start "adept" again and I get this error message.

Try to look if there are adept processes running, e.g.  ps -A |grep adept  
and stop them. There might also be other apt-related processes, I'm not  

I had a bit similar situation when my Gutsy dist-upgrade died on me with  
adept (a couple of seg faults and halt in the middle of package  
installation phase). I did the following thing in a console to prevent the  
automatic locking of apt:

fuser -vki /var/lib/dpkg/lock; dpkg --configure -a

I was able to fix the mess adept left behind and upgrade gracefully. You  
might want to try something similar. I never found out which process was  
automatically starting dpkg to lock the apt, but killing the locking  
process with "fuser -vki" and running the next command on the same line  
(note the semicolon) solved my locking problem.


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