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I was installing the java runtime environment through adept manager, and it was 30% through the installation process when it stopped, and remained at 30% for 6 hours. In an effort to fix it, i clicked "show details" and discovered that it was waiting for user input, i tried a bunch of different things to ultimately say "ok", but whatever i did ended up botching the install.
I figured.. "ok, no big deal, I'll just restart and re-install", but this was not to be, now whenever i open adept manager, i get the following error:
"You will not be able to change your system settings in any way (install, remove or upgrade software), because another process is using the packaging system database (probably some other Adept application or apt-get or aptitude). Please close the other application before using this one"
I restarted a dozen times, tried to find some sort of process manager, but came up empty handed. I went into the system services thingy and started the killproc service, this restarted my computer but did not fix the adept manager. My only guess (now bare in mind i'm a windows guru, but still learning linux), is that something is running in the background, constantly trying to install jre, and waiting on input, but i just have no way of seeing it. Or one of the 10-ish packages comprising the jre was only partially installed, which somehow made the oem java stop working, which is somehow affecting adept manager.
My install still performs every other function as it should, but as of right now i can't install anything (unless i compile from source, which is fine, but large packages with 80 library dependencies could take a week to collect and install individually). does anyone know of a way to fix this??
Thanks for asking and answering the questions. I subsequently ran into another problem, where I couldn't figure out how to accept the Java license. Just in case it will help any other folks out there, here's how: tab to highlight "OK" and then press Enter. I could kick myself now.