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Exhaust Manifold
April 21st, 2009, 12:59 PM
I have ubuntu 8.10 and everything was going dandy until a few days ago. Now every time I try to update or download software I get the following error:

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

I opened the "terminal" program and typed in 'dpkg --configure -a' and it said: "requested operation requires superuser privilege"

What does the error mean and how can I fix it? And how does one acquire "superuser privilege"?

April 21st, 2009, 01:10 PM
Hi, you need to put sudo in front of the command to get admin rights so it would be

sudo dpkg --configure -a

sudo allows you to gain admin rights temporarily to preform the action

Exhaust Manifold
April 21st, 2009, 02:08 PM
Thanx problem sorted