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Thread: Refuse upgrade on 2 computers. Why?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2008

    Refuse upgrade on 2 computers. Why?

    How do a new user fix this problem which appear on my two computers when I try to upgrade:

    E: Could not get lock /var/cache/apt/archives/lock - open (11 Resource temporarily unavailable)
    E: Unable to lock the download directory


    Thank You!

    Stein Svala
    Last edited by PmDematagoda; August 8th, 2008 at 11:24 AM. Reason: Removed e-mail address

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Kottawa, Sri Lanka
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: Refuse upgrade on 2 computers. Why?

    Are you running another package management process such as Synaptic or apt? If so, close them and try again. If not, then remove the stale lock file with:-
    sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock
    Also, please do not include your e-mail address in public posts as they could be exploited by spammers, therefore it(the address) is removed.
    Think carefully before executing commands containing "rm", especially "sudo rm -rf ", if you require more information concerning this matter, read this.
    I am an experimenter, give me the most stable OS and I can make it unstable in a few hours.

    C == seriously fast == FTW!


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