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Old 06-23-2011, 02:20 PM   #1
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problems with Installing programs on Ubuntu 10.04 server

Hello everyone,
May I know how to handle a problem like this;
While installing eucalyptus cloud on ubuntu server,
I encounter an error message on the command line that says:

"E: Could not get lock /var/cache/apt/archives/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock directory /var/cache/apt/archives/".

this is just the last 3 lines of the whole error string. And eventually, everything got stacked & frozen. Please, what should I do next to keep going on as I can't move any further from here.

Thanks in advance.

Last edited by Foremost; 06-23-2011 at 02:22 PM.
Old 06-23-2011, 02:48 PM   #2
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Hi there,

It might be possible that another application is accessing that file and that the reason when you type apt-get install you get that error message. Things to check:

1. Check whether another application is using apt? Type: ps -eaf | grep apt
2. Make sure you are running this as root. If not, then type sudo apt-get install
Old 06-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #3
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First try rebooting.

Then you can try this..(note this is probably NOT what you are supposed to do EVER.) This can break apt(and has before)... but this is what I do. and before you type this command you should wait for someone else to explain the possible problems from doing this.

i check and make absolute sure nothing is using apt. (another terminal window, synaptic, ubuntu software center) and then if it still says that.

$ rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock
most of the time it fixes the problem without anything detrimental as far as I can tell (AS LONG AS YOU MAKE ABSOLUTE SURE NOTHING ELSE IS USING APT). It could have been caused by accidentally closing a terminal while it was installing something or something.

Last edited by spwnt; 06-23-2011 at 02:59 PM. Reason: adding warnings


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