Administrative directory is locked

Asked by Justin on 2015-07-31

I am running 12.04 on a thinkpad x230 convertable laptop/tablet. and I am a noob so be gentle!

 Here is what terminal is returning when trying to run update.

E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?
amy@Equinetablet:~$ sudo lsof /var/lib/dpkg/lock
lsof: WARNING: can't stat() fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon file system /home/jenn/.gvfs
      Output information may be incomplete.
lsof: WARNING: can't stat() fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon file system /home/amy/.gvfs
      Output information may be incomplete.
COMMAND PID USER FD TYPE DEVICE SIZE/OFF NODE NAME
dpkg 20866 root 3uW REG 8,1 0 12452452 /var/lib/dpkg/lock
amy@Equinetablet:~$

I've tried killing the pid and even killing dpkg but I am still locked. I am very confident that this is related to the fact that Dropbox stalled out during install. What should I do next?

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2015-07-31
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2015-08-01

wget https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8850924/fixpackage
chmod +x ./fixpackage
sudo ./fixpackage

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