SOLVED Re: Update Locks Package Handling

Billie Walsh bilwalsh at
Wed Jan 19 20:06:39 UTC 2011

On 01/19/2011 01:36 PM, Waleed Hamra wrote:
> On 01/19/2011 09:09 PM, Bruce Marshall wrote:
>> On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, Billie Walsh wrote:
>>> Thank you. I didn't see anything that didn't look like it should be
>>> running. I'm far from any sort of expert but I didn't see anything like
>>> a package handler running. Well, it was an idea.
>> You might try rebuilding the package database.
>> A google of "rebuild dpkg database"  should give you the commands.
> but that's not the problem. her problem is that there's a package,
> related to grub, not completely installed. as you can imagine, in such a
> case, there were lots of other packages waiting to be processed as well,
> but never got installed properly. so dpkg is in lock mode until all
> pending packages, that are half-configured, get fully configured and
> installed.
> the problem is... this grub-related package always hangs while being
> configured, preventing the rest of the dpkg process to continue.

I was playing round in Konsole and just typing relevant stuff and 
reading help files. Came across "dpkg -r -a" so I tried that and the 
lock went away.

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