[GLLUG] Debian apt

Chris Bell chrisbell at chrisbell.org.uk
Thu Aug 10 10:58:30 UTC 2017

I normally do a daily check for updates on several computers running stretch, 
normally via my local network. Some are used as servers without desktop, 
others are running KDE. I do not rely on KDE to tell me that updates are 
available, although it can indicate that security updates are available. 
Aptitude creates /var/lib/apt/lists/lock but does not remove it after running 
the update. If I remove it manually then aptitude will update the lists 
normally, but will then frequently refuse to do an update later or next day, 
either next time I run aptitude or even when I have left aptitude running from 
the previous day, so it appears to not remember that it created the lock. I 
have discovered that apt-get update can run with no change of time or date of 
the existing lockfile.
I have just checked, and there are no bug reports. Does anyone else see this?
Chris Bell
Website http://chrisbell.org.uk

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