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Old 02-21-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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Question Synaptic package manager VRS Ubuntu Softare Center


This is my first Linux experience so probably at the prenewbie level. I have installed Xubuntu and played with it for a couple weeks. The question is about software download attempts from Ubuntu Software center. When I attempt to use it I get the error messages:

Failed to lock the package manager

Check if you are currently running another software management tool, e.g. Synaptic or aptitude. Only one tool is allowed to make changes at a time

The package indexes are currently changed by apt-get.

Does this mean that SPM is active and the Software Center will not function until I change enablement between the two? If so, how do I accomplish the task?
 
Old 02-21-2011, 08:05 PM   #2
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You don't have to change anything. The only thing you can't do is run more than one package-manager (for example Synaptic and the Software Center) at the same time. Close Synaptic, and the Software Center should run fine.
 
Old 02-21-2011, 09:26 PM   #3
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(Grin) I would close Ubuntu Software Center and run Synaptic, but that's just me.
 
Old 02-21-2011, 10:27 PM   #4
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Thank you both for the reply, but I get this error message when spm seems to me to be completely closed. It is not on screen, bottom task bar, or in another window. I have closed it in every way I know except line commands, but still get the error messages describe above.
 
Old 02-21-2011, 10:33 PM   #5
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Now that's weird. It makes sense to me that the OS would allow only one package manager (including apt-get and update manager) to run at a time.

I would suggest rebooting and trying again. If you still error out, open a terminal and run

Code:
sudo ps -A
.

Inspect the output for anything that looks like a package manager. If unsure how to interpret the command, paste the output of the command here. (Go to advance mode and surround it with a CODE wrapper--I think it's the # icon in advanced mode.)
 
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No need for sudo here, please use it only when necessary.
 
Old 02-22-2011, 02:24 AM   #7
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spm vrs software manager

Thanks to all for the responses. On reboot, the conflict disappeared, and then returned after a bit. It reminded me of windows updating process so I went looking and sure enough the file update system was set for automatic.....I just was not recognizing the icons as a conflict between the two managers. Set it to manual and all seems well. Problem solved.

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