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Thread: E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct

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    E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct

    ive been getting an error message, and ive googled and have seen that an app manager process is running. ppl seem to report that you have to find what is running, question is, how?

    here is the error msg ive been getting:

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

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    Re: E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct

    My guess is that
    Quote Originally Posted by mreyna16 View Post
    ...you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
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    Re: E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct

    Shut down any package managers that you have open and open a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and input the command
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    sudo dpkg --configure -a
    enter your user password and see if that corrects things.
    If that does not work reboot, then open a terminal and enter the same command and post the result here.
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    Re: E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct

    Can you please confirm that this is your 13.04 machine? Or is it a different computer with an old version of Ubuntu?

    The reason I ask is because on 10.04 and above, Ubuntu should tell you to run "sudo dpkg --configure -a", not "dpkg --configure -a".
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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