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February 4th, 2009, 08:05 PM
Hey, I just downloaded Ubuntu this morning, burned it to the disc, all that fun stuff, now I'm just playing on it and whatever, and I'm trying to add programs with the add/remove programs button (applications>add/remove..) But every time I try to add a program, let's use Eclipse as an example, it gives me the "Unable to get an exclusive look" error, then I can't install it. I'm no fool, I'm not using the terminal at all for anything, much less a package management command, yet I still get this error. I logged off once just to make sure I wasn't running anything I couldn't see, but I'm still getting the error. Does anybody know how to fix this?
Thanks a lot guys, in advance,
February 4th, 2009, 08:29 PM
You can not add or remove programs if you're running in "live cd", as it's all in ram. You must "install" ubuntu first. In order to do that you must repartition your drive (assuming you currently have a windose box), and then install ubuntu to the ext3 partition that you created. Before any repartitioning, remember to defrag the NTFS/Fat32 (from within windose) partition first.
Hope this helps.
February 4th, 2009, 08:42 PM
I did install it, sorry if that came across wrong.
February 4th, 2009, 08:48 PM
Sorry I misunderstood you :-)
I found this in another thread which may be related to your problem:
"Unable to get exclusive lock"
"This usually means that another package management application (like apt-get or aptitude) isalready running. Please close that application first."
Could that possibly be the case?
February 4th, 2009, 08:49 PM
You generally get this error if you try to run two application managers (such as Update Manager, Add/Remove Applications, or Synaptic) at once.
EDIT: Sidewinder beat me to it.
February 4th, 2009, 09:08 PM
I know that, but as I stated in the topic starter, there's nothing else even open. Nothing else is downloading.
February 4th, 2009, 09:33 PM
Hrm. I hate to suggest this (since it's rarely the answer for Linux like it tends to be for Windows), but have you tried rebooting?
February 4th, 2009, 10:21 PM
Umm..I didn't, but I hate to say I wasted your time. It seems I had a download going on in my tmp folder and it was closed so I forgot about it...
I'm really sorry guys, I've wasted your time.
February 6th, 2009, 09:29 PM
No problem. :-) If you haven't already done so, please mark thread as solved.
February 6th, 2009, 09:31 PM
Actually, Sidewinder1, he can't -- the Solved and Thanks functions aren't currently available.
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