[HLUG] 'could not get lock (synaptic problem)'

Graham Cole grahamcole at nerdshack.com
Mon May 28 10:27:35 BST 2007

Thanks Julian, your hint was relevant but not enough to cure all of the troubles.
Many days later I got some help after a fresh post to Ubuntu forums. I fiddled about and now have Synaptic working in a complicated way, doing correcting commands each time. So there's still a problem. This should take you to the relevant forum page, in case you are curious about it :http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=2731260#post2731260


On Sun, 06 May 2007 22:09:17 +0100
Julian Robbins <joolsr at fastmail.fm> wrote:

> Hi Graham
> >
> >
> >     Wonderful Synaptic package manager
> >
> > 2 May, 2007 - 20:05 --- graham
> >
> > Somehow when using Synaptic there was an interruption, the downloading 
> > stopped and Synaptic got broken. My system may be trying to carry on 
> > where it left off because when I try to invoke Synaptic or use a 
> > command with dpkg in it there is a no go situation because something 
> > else is already running.
> > As I use Ubuntu I asked for help in that forum. I got some answers but 
> > let the trail go cold and no-one has been trying to help recently. If 
> > a post is new then it gets looked at but old ones just get ignored I 
> > think.
> > One gripe I have about forums is the unhelpful titles some people 
> > write in with, not trying to define their problem. Hence searching to 
> > find help in previous posts is a needle-in-haystack quest!
> > My problem has the title 'could not get lock (synaptic problem)'
> >
> Referring to your blog post on our LUG website, (thanks !), I've got an 
> idea to fix your problem.
> you could try
> sudo dpkg --configure -a
> This is normally used when a package breaks or when synaptic is 
> interrupted, to clear up the mess. You actual error is an odd one.
> Or have a look at this post.
> http://feedfury.com/content/4529018-how_to_fix_lock_var_lib_dpkg_lock_open_11_resource_temporarily_unavailable_error.html
> Its not exactly the same issue as yours but sounds very similar.
> Tell us how you get on.
> Cheers
> Julian
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