can't get updates

Asked by mkanney

When I log into Ubuntu it tell me that I have updates. When I try to get those updates I get the following message:

Unable to get exclusive lock

This usually means that another package management application (like apt-get or aptitude) already running. Please close that application first

I do not have apt-get or aptitude running. How do I get past this so i can get the updates?


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Herman Bos (hbos) said :

If you go to a terminal and type `ps aux | grep apt` you will probably see a running process. If don't see any process try: `sudo lsof | grep apt | grep lock`

It could be possible that the automatic update is busy or hanging (i had this once). In this case you could kill the process and update and upgrade manually.

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Arnnstien1 (arnnespelita) said :

To stop the download upon once you load your the synaptic package manager, then go the on the settings...look for internet update-> uncheck the automatically download update...

hope it will help...

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