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Old 09-08-2008, 06:58 PM   #1
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could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/

new install debian 4.0

need to learn lamp.

want to try wajig for pkg management.

at prompt typed apt-get wajig

print read... E:could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open
(11 resource temporarily unavailable)

E:unable to lock administration directory (var/lib/dpkg/
, is another process using it?

what does this mean?
can i install wajig while using debian 4.0 ? man says yes ...command line said no.

I then found this in similar threads..

myself faced this problem by some how i fix it. You do the same thing
here we gooooooooo.
we are at root
1. mv /var/lib/dpkg/status __/var/lib/dpkg/status_bak
2. cp /var/backups/dpkg.status.<any latest number>.gz __/var/lib/dpkg/
4. gunzip -d /var/lib/dpkg/dpkg.status.<any latest number>.gz
5. mv /var/lib/dpkg/dpkg.status.<the number in third step> __/var/lib/dpkg/status
6. apt-get updates

what does latest number mean? in the above statement...

another thing i read about this said
the problem is that Synaptics acquires the lock.

if this is the problem how do i unlock synaptic ?

i then read...
sudo rm /var/lib/apt/list/lock

i typed this and was asked for password...i typed good i typed userpassword and got the following print.

krash is not in the sudoers file. this incident will be reported.

I would just like to say that nothing is going right...and.. I would love to give this all up and watch tv...but tv is bad for me..
Old 09-08-2008, 08:52 PM   #2
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didn't read enough

sorry missed one detail had synaptic running.

dumb new be mistake. can i delete posts if I screw up??


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