Update Locks Package Handling

Billie Walsh bilwalsh at swbell.net
Thu Jan 13 01:45:24 UTC 2011

On 01/12/2011 04:56 PM, Clay Weber wrote:
> there is more than one place for a lock file, if you run
> sudo apt-get update or
> sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
> if there is a so-called stale lock file the error message will give the proper
> filename and path.
> clay

Running sudo apt-get update goes through a bunch of reading packages 
then comes up with this:

"E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure 
-a' to correct the problem."

So you run "sudo dpkg --configure -a" and it does some stuff then hangs 
on grub config. Sits there for hours or until you finally kill it or 
shut off the computer. That's how the system got stuffed in the first place.

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