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    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    Masters,

    When I try to uninstall or install softwares, I always come across this problem, anyone can help?

    Code:
    ~$ sudo apt-get remove google-chrome-stable
    [sudo] password for janis: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following packages will be REMOVED
      google-chrome-stable ttf-mscorefonts-installer
    0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 2 to remove and 184 not to upgrade.
    2 not fully installed or removed.
    After this operation, 185 MB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    debconf: DbDriver "config": /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process: Resource temporarily unavailable
    dpkg: warning: there's no installed package matching ttf-mscorefonts-installer:i386
    (Reading database ... 
    dpkg: warning: files list file for package `ttf-mscorefonts-installer' missing, assuming package has no files currently installed.
    (Reading database ... 236305 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing google-chrome-stable ...
    update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/chromium-browser to provide /usr/bin/x-www-browser (x-www-browser) in auto mode.
    update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/chromium-browser to provide /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser (gnome-www-browser) in auto mode.
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index...
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
    Setting up man-db (2.6.1-2ubuntu1) ...
    debconf: DbDriver "config": /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process: Resource temporarily unavailable
    dpkg: error processing man-db (--configure):
     subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    No apport report written because MaxReports has already been reached
                                                                        Errors were encountered while processing:
     man-db
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    Last edited by janis9; June 23rd, 2015 at 03:06 PM.

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    Re: E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    Please run
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    and post all errors

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    Re: E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    I've run the code and the errors are shown below:

    Code:
    Unpacking replacement libc-bin ...
    Processing triggers for ureadahead ...
    Setting up libc-bin (2.15-0ubuntu10.12) ...
    (Reading database ... 
    dpkg: warning: files list file for package `ttf-mscorefonts-installer' missing, assuming package has no files currently installed.
    (Reading database ... 236202 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to replace libc6 2.15-0ubuntu10.6 (using .../libc6_2.15-0ubuntu10.12_i386.deb) ...
    debconf: DbDriver "config": /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process: Resource temporarily unavailable
    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/libc6_2.15-0ubuntu10.12_i386.deb (--unpack):
     subprocess new pre-installation script returned error exit status 1
    Errors were encountered while processing:
     /var/cache/apt/archives/libc6_2.15-0ubuntu10.12_i386.deb
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

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    Re: E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    Quote Originally Posted by janis9 View Post
    Masters,

    When I try to uninstall or install softwares, I always come across this problem, anyone can help?

    Code:
    ~$ sudo apt-get remove google-chrome-stable
    [sudo] password for janis: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    The following packages will be REMOVED
      google-chrome-stable ttf-mscorefonts-installer
    0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 2 to remove and 184 not to upgrade.
    2 not fully installed or removed.
    After this operation, 185 MB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    debconf: DbDriver "config": /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process: Resource temporarily unavailable
    dpkg: warning: there's no installed package matching ttf-mscorefonts-installer:i386
    (Reading database ... 
    dpkg: warning: files list file for package `ttf-mscorefonts-installer' missing, assuming package has no files currently installed.
    (Reading database ... 236305 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing google-chrome-stable ...
    update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/chromium-browser to provide /usr/bin/x-www-browser (x-www-browser) in auto mode.
    update-alternatives: using /usr/bin/chromium-browser to provide /usr/bin/gnome-www-browser (gnome-www-browser) in auto mode.
    Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils ...
    Processing triggers for bamfdaemon ...
    Rebuilding /usr/share/applications/bamf.index...
    Processing triggers for gnome-menus ...
    Setting up man-db (2.6.1-2ubuntu1) ...
    debconf: DbDriver "config": /var/cache/debconf/config.dat is locked by another process: Resource temporarily unavailable
    dpkg: error processing man-db (--configure):
     subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    No apport report written because MaxReports has already been reached
                                                                        Errors were encountered while processing:
     man-db
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    dpkg management tool is hanged or is still running and did not return lock after its completion. Most often, this is only a transient situation. See https://wiki.edubuntu.org/DebuggingI...g.22_is_locked for more details.

    Please open a terminal window to figure out the PID of the process that is holding the lock, by running:
    Code:
    sudo fuser -v /var/cache/debconf/config.dat
    Take a note of the PID number and then, again in the terminal window
    Code:
    sudo kill PID_number
    sudo kill -9 PID_number  # if the first doesn't work
    Afterwards, run again
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
    to confirm that everything is working as it should.

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    Re: E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    Hi

    You could also trying the time honored Windows trick of rebooting your computer

    That should also fix it if there is not a stale lock file lying around.

    Kind regards
    Last edited by matt_symes; June 23rd, 2015 at 04:01 PM.
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    Re: E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    Thank you so much. Things work well now.

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    Re: E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    You're welcome. Glad you got it solved.

    Please mark the thread as solved, so other people searching the forums know that it provides a working solution for this problem.

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    Re: E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    I found this solution that worked for me !
    sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/cinnamon-translations_2.8.0-20151023040309-trusty_all.deb


    Here is the link with all the details!
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2304033

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