Ctrl+c cancels it but next time start from where you left
Ctrl+z stops process but then you can't do another process as it remains locked to the first process
Using one of the above methods is generally better than just closing the terminal, but if you just close the terminal while it's downloading packages, it should start the download right where it stopped next time you run
sudo apt-get upgrade
If you want to restart the download after using Ctrl+z:
- Check paused tasks by typing
jobs in the terminal
- To resume a process, type
- If you have multiple tasks, then type
fg 2, etc…
Make sure, however, that you never stop it while it's installing the downloaded packages, since this will result in a lock on apt-get, which will require a computer restart or reconfiguration of apt, and you'll have to start at the beginning of the installation.
So make sure to only "pause" (close) the terminal when it's downloading, not installing.
If you would like to start another apt-get process - after pausing the first process, run
sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock && sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock; it won't look like it did anything, but you should be able to start another apt-get process.
To kill a command that you've paused with Ctrl+z, enter
kill -9 %x into the terminal, replacing x with the number that the paused process is (see
jobs). The process will remain in the list, but it will say "killed" after it instead of "stopped", indicating it is no longer active.
Sources : [ubuntu] How to pause download operation in terminal
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