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I am new to Ubuntu right now and i want to know how do we uninstall an app which i downloaded from the internet in this case a Facebook messenger called ftalk. I type this command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get remove ftalk

but this is the answer:

E: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), is another process using it?

what should i do?it is driving me crazy

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marked as duplicate by Tachyons, guntbert, Luis Dec 9 '13 at 0:48

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"...is another process using it?"

If Synaptic Package Manager or other are running try closing them, and then run the command again.

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Exit software centre or any other software install programs before running it, rebooting may also help.


Or try zurdo's answer from here:

This should be used as last resource. If you use this carelessly you can end with a broken system. Please evaluate other answers first before trying this.

You can delete the lock file with the following command:

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock

You may also need to delete the lock file in the cache directory

sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock

After that, try opening Synaptic again.

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