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

On Thursday 13 January 2005 07:45, Hendrik Boom wrote:
> 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

I get this same exact behavior when I run two instances of aptitude by 
mistake.  Basically, one package manager can lock the cache file at a time.  
Quit one of them, and the other will then work properly.

Justin Guerin

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