Update Locks Package Handling

Goh Lip g.lip at gmx.com
Wed Jan 12 05:39:34 UTC 2011

On Wed, 12 Jan 2011 11:41:13 +0800, Billie Walsh <bilwalsh at swbell.net>  

> An update a few weeks ago now has my system locked from doing any form  
> of software install or update. I'm not sure how to explain this to well.

You can remove /var/cache/apt/archives/lock without any problem and try to  
update/upgrade again.

> When I try to run synaptic I get a message that it can't access the data  
> base because something else is already running.

Usually that's because the auto updater is currently being run. Wait a few  
minutes and try again.

> It tells me to run dpkge configure but that hangs after a couple seconds  
> at configure grub and never finishes. I'm just about to the old Windows  
> standby, Fdisk - Format - Install.

May not be necessary; could be something simpler like above. And for grub,  
config is best done by "grub-install" or "update-grub". But as I said, may  
not be necessary.

> The system boots up and runs pretty much normal most of the time.  
> Sometimes when it boots up the Nvidia drives won't load properly but if  
> I boot it a couple times it generally will work

Check if nvdia settings and xorg-xserver is for the current driver version.

> ANY ideas are gratefully accepted.
> 10.04-64
> AMD quad core
> 4gigs

Regards - Goh Lip

I used to have an open mind,
but my brains kept falling out.

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