help+ubuntu 8.04 installation+please

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Thu Jun 12 10:03:49 UTC 2008

On Thu, 12 Jun 2008 11:32:05 +0200
"Donny George" <donny008 at> wrote:

> and now i logged in the failsafe gnome to ubuntu 8.04 desktop edition and
> put in sudo apt-get install ubuntu-desktop it returns an error which says
> could not lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11 Resource temporarily
> unavailable
> unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/) is another
> process using it ?

This means that you have more than one "package manager" running. For
example, you might have Synaptic and "Add/Remove Applications" running
and/or have a terminal running apt-get or aptitude.

Close all but one of them, and the error should go away. The error
could also appear if the update manager is running - which is not
always obvious - but the most likely reason is as above.

Peter Garrett <peter.garrett at>
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