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I am using ubuntu 13.04.I was installing a program and it had to download a file from the internet.It was a huge one.I waited for 30 minutes but nothing turned up.so I thought to let go and I closed the terminal.next time I open synaptic and I find it commanding meto runsudo dpkg --configure when I do the same file download resumes.I am pretty sure that the file download does not complete as I have a very slow,frequently disconnecting net connection.so is there any way to stop this process and close the terminal SAFELY.so that i can open synaptic and install programs as usual.THANKS in advance.

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restart your system? –  nickanor May 12 '13 at 12:21
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Please see here for description on how to safely abort an apt-get process:

How to safely abort apt-get install?

Put simply, using CTRL + C should be exactly what you're looking for.

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