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Old 06-07-2009, 01:21 PM   #1
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Unable to get exclusive lock


I am no longer able to install anything from limewire to Miro. In the add/remove applications, I get

"Unable to get an exclusive lock
This usually means that another package management application (like apt-get or aptitude) is already running. Please close that application first."

I have tried restarting, killing other applications like update manager, but every command leads to:

E: could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11 resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?
 
Old 06-07-2009, 01:31 PM   #2
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Code:
ps aux |grep dpkg
ps aux |grep apt
ps aux |grep synaptic
What exactly did you try to fix this?
 
Old 06-07-2009, 01:32 PM   #3
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lsof | grep /var/lib/dpkg
 
Old 06-07-2009, 02:57 PM   #4
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well it looks like whatever you two gave me worked, I was able to install a program.

However my theme seems to have been messed up from it. I now see windows with a "windows 95" looking gray theme. However I have a custom window boarder from emerald working. Strange.

But thanks for the help
 
Old 06-07-2009, 03:03 PM   #5
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Heh.

Neither james' nor my commands have anything to do with
fixing your issue(s). They're merely means of diagnostics;
james' trying to locate potential active culprits, mine simply
looking at which process has handle(s) on the locked file.


Cheers,
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