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May 12th, 2008, 08:25 AM
Hi everyboby!!! anyone can help me to solve this problem:

here is the situation, my internet connection is ok... then once i use the command apt-get update it says E: UNABLE TO LOCK DIRECTORY LIST, anyone of you can solve this?

Thanks and More power...

Note: I used Ubuntu 8 Server.

May 12th, 2008, 08:41 AM
Are you trying to do more set of updates at a time or are you installing something at the same time as updating?

May 14th, 2008, 02:26 AM
I'm a beginner for linux and this is my first time...

after i installed ubuntu 8 server i swith the user to root then i want to update but that error is found while in ubuntu 8 desktop is ok even terminal or gnome, the point is how to solve this error in server and update.

hoping for immediate response... thanks a lot ubuntu users...

May 16th, 2008, 10:24 PM
This error occurs when you're trying to use more than one package manager at the same time. These include: apt-get, aptitude, adept, update-manager, add/remove (whatever the binary is named), synaptic, etc.

So, if you get this error, close any other package managers you're running, and if you're not running any, try waiting a bit, update-manager may be doing its thing on boot, and if you wait for it to finish, you'll be fine.

Also, don't use the root user. Use sudo instead.