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    Unable to get list of updates (Ubuntu budge)

    Ubuntu budge running in Oracle vm in Windows 10.
    I am connected to the internet.

    When I try to update I get an error popup which says
    "Unable to get list of updates.
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock-frontend - open
    (11: resource temporarily unavailable)

    But it is not temporary. It keeps happening.
    Why can it not get lock on .......?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Unable to get list of updates (Ubuntu budge)

    After searching for an answer I tried fsck and got a warning that because the filesystem is mounted this would damage the file system. So I aborted. I don't have a live cd. How do I solve this?
    Thanks.

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    Re: Unable to get list of updates (Ubuntu budge)

    Google is your best friend (if you know the right question to ask.....)

    I forced fsck on reboot by opening the terminal and issuing
    # shutdown -rF now

    This rebooted Ubuntu, did a fdsk on restart and now updates are OK,

    In case this helps someone else.

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    Re: Unable to get list of updates (Ubuntu budge)

    Oops, spoke too soon.
    Worked once and updated. But the next time I checked updates I again got
    "Unable to get list of updates.
    E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock-frontend - open
    (11: resource temporarily unavailable)

    Help from some expert?

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    Re: Unable to get list of updates (Ubuntu budge)

    Hi and after a quick search this link may help with your issue. Good luck

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