Update Locks Package Handling

Tom Bell cbell44 at cfl.rr.com
Wed Jan 19 16:57:06 UTC 2011

On 1/19/2011 9:28 AM, Billie Walsh wrote:
> On 01/12/2011 07:45 PM, Billie Walsh wrote:
>> 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.
> Still trying to figure out what's going on.
> Is there a command that tells you what process is running in the 
> background?
> How do you kill a process running in the background?
> I'm sure it's been posted a bunch of times but I've never needed to 
> know till now. And, I have no idea what to search for in the archive.
> The reason I ask is because doing a "kdesudo dolphin" command to bring 
> up Dolphin in admin mode and removing either apt/lock or dpkg/lock 
> does no good because they just pop right back. This makes me wonder if 
> dpkg is still running but never completing it's business, so to speak. 
> When  you try to remove the lock it reinstates it immediately.
> I tried the "dpkg --configure -a" command again and just left it sit 
> for about twenty-four hours and it was still hung on grub configure. 
> I'm beginning to think there is something wrong with some part of grub 
> install that dpkg can't resolve.
ps -A
at the command prompt will list all processes running.
Then you can use:
kill -15 "process number"
to stop the offending process from running.  Remember that "process number"
is a number without the quote marks and it will be listed beside the
offending process when you run "ps".
Good luck!


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