System Update froze - UbuntuMATE 16-04

Bret Busby bret.busby at gmail.com
Tue Jun 19 18:35:35 UTC 2018


On 20/06/2018, Sarunas Burdulis <sarunas at math.dartmouth.edu> wrote:
> On 2018-06-19 13:40, Bret Busby wrote:
>> Hello.
>>
>> I have tried to do a system update on this computer, which is (kind
>> of) running UbuntuMATE 16.04 .
>>
>> The Software Updater shows
>>
>> "Installing updates..."
>>
>> and, under that, is
>> "Running post-installation trigger initramfs-tools"
>>
>> (it is unfortunate that the window does not allow copying and pasting
>> of text in the window)
>>
>> and it has been sitting there, with no progress for over half an hour
>> (it is on an i3CPU with 16GB of RAM, not an 8086 with 640kB of RAM).
>
> [...]
>
>> So, how dio I fix this broken system upgrade?
> Go to terminal, either an app or via Ctrl-Alt-F2.
>
> Become a real user:
>
> sudo su -
>
> unless you like this 'sudo' litany.
>
> Find offending processes and kill them all.
>
> Then
>
> apt-get update
> apt-get upgrade
> apt-get dist-upgrade
>
> If any of those fail, run
>
> apt-get -f install
>
> and repeat 'upgrade' and 'dist-upgrade'
>
> You can also do
>
> apt-get --purge remove snapd unattended-upgrades
>
> at any time
>
> Check, that you still have some kernels to boot:
>
> update-grub
>
> and reboot.
>
> --
> Sarunas Burdulis
> Systems Administrator, Dartmouth Mathematics
> math.dartmouth.edu/~sarunas
>
>

I tried apt-get update, then apt-get -f install, results below

"
root at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:/home/bret# apt-get update
Reading package lists... Done
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (11: Resource
temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/
root at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:/home/bret# apt-get update
Reading package lists... Done
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (11: Resource
temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/
root at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:/home/bret# apt-get update
Reading package lists... Done
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (11: Resource
temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/
root at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:/home/bret# apt-get -f install
E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource
temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is
another process using it?
root at bret-Inspiron-580-UbuntuMATE:/home/bret#
"


-- 

Bret Busby
Armadale
West Australia

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