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Old 08-10-2010, 04:06 AM   #1
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Smile Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13 Permission denied)

Hi one and all, this is basina and i'm new to linux.
I've installed ubuntu9.04 in my laptop.While i'm installing java, below error is occuring.
Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13 Permission denied)
please tell me how to rectify this problem clearly.

Thank you n keep smiling

Old 08-10-2010, 05:57 AM   #2
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Do you have another package handler like apt-get, aptitude, or synaptics running? If not, just manually delete it:
sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock
Old 08-10-2010, 09:53 AM   #3
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The only times I have seen an error like that is when I have forgotten to issue the "sudo" command before the command I want to run; mainly the "apt-get install <package>" one.

Should be
sudo apt-get install package
Old 09-05-2011, 05:18 PM   #4
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Thank you so much! You're right!

It's not that I forgot to add the "sudo" before, it's that I wasn't instructed to. Regardless, that did the trick. Now I no longer receive that could not open lock file blah blah message.


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