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Aptitude has locking problem on cache file -- cannot upgrade to latest sarge.

Yesterday (2004 jan 12) , when I tried to upgrade to the latest sarge, it spend a marry 23 minutes downloading all the changes, but when I got around to telling it to go ahead and install, all it did was give me the message
                                 Apt errers
  W: Warning: could not lock the cache file.  Opening in read-only mode

I press return to say "OK" (though everything ie evidently not OK), and it doesn't do any installations or upgrades.

How do I get out of this wedged state?

-- hendrik

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