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Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/) is another process using it?

I get this error when trying to use apt-get: 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 ...
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dpkg error: “trying to overwrite file, which is also in…”

For example: $ sudo apt-get install curl Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these: The ...
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Installed Teamviewer using a 64-bits system, but I get a dependency error

I was trying to install Teamviewer, but I was getting a dependency error. I tried to install them, but with no luck. I'm getting this error: Unpacking teamviewer (from teamviewer_linux_x64.deb) ... ...
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How do I rebuild a corrupt dpkg status file?

Whenever I type sudo apt-get remove and then press the Tab key for auto-completion I get the following message: grep-status: /var/lib/dpkg/status:15945: expected a colon . I don't see anything ...
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E: dpkg was interrupted… run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a'

I was running an upgrade with the apt-get command, and it was taking an exceptionally long time because half way through my ISP hit me in the face with their fair usage policy. After sitting outside ...
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dpkg-divert: error: rename involves overwriting `/usr/lib/xorg/protocol.txt' with different file `/usr/lib/xorg/protocol-precise.txt', not allowed

I just installed Ubuntu (12.04.4) and I upgraded to 13.10 I have no idea how to fix this :/ $ sudo apt-get install -f Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state ...
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How do I get a list of installed files from a package?

I want to know where I can find my installed application when I installed it on Ubuntu using package manager. I installed RabbitMQ and ran locate rabbitmq which gave me following result: ...
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What do the various dpkg flags like 'ii' 'rc' mean?

I frequently need to check which packages are installed, and I use the following command: dpkg -l | grep foo which gives the following output Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold | ...
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dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/available' near line 0

Been trying to install git-core package for almost more than half a day now. Everytime i do, I get this error: dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/available' near line 0: newline in field name ...
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dpkg exit with error parsing file `/var/lib/dpkg/status`, what to do?

When I go to install a software, I encounter this error..Therefore I cannot get update.. Preconfiguring packages ... dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 51245 package ...
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How to let `dpkg -i` install dependencies for me?

Say, I have foo-1.2.3.deb which depends on perl and python, however, running command: dpkg -i ./foo-1.2.3.deb won't install these dependencies. So I must apt-get install perl python by hand. How ...
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What is the difference between dpkg and aptitude/apt-get?

When installing a software via dpkg -i packageA.deb, will the dependencies required by packageA be downloaded and installed automatically? How is this different from using apt-get or aptitude?
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How to create a meta-package that automatically installs other packages?

I'd like to be able to create a package that doesnt contain any code or programs itself, but instead installs other packages that exist in the repositories onto a computer, sort of how the ...
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Restoring all data and dependencies from dpkg --set-selections '*'

So I can run on one machine: dpkg --get-selections '*' > selection.txt On another machine: dpkg --set-selections < selection.txt ... followed by either of the following: aptitude install ...
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Unmet dependencies: linux-generic

Today I went over to my grandma because she had some problems with her computer, running Xubuntu 12.04LTS. After fixing 'the problem' (Firefox was set fullscreen..) I ran the usual apt-get update ...
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Unable to install any packages due to unrecoverable fatal error /var/lib/dpkg/diversions

I am currently unable to install any packages. I receive the following error: dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, aborting: too-long line or missing newline in `/var/lib/dpkg/diversions I have ...
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Can't install Skype 4.3 on Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit

First of all, I think this question is not duplicated, because I have tried all other solutions I found here, but nothing solved my problem. I use Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit. I have tried until now: sudo ...
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“gzip: stdout: No space left on device” while upgrading the kernel [duplicate]

I see the following error while trying run the command shown below. I read somewhere that my /boot partition is low on disk space. How can I increase the size of the /boot partition so I can install ...
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dpkg: error: dpkg status database is locked by another process

I just wondered if somebody could tell me what this means: E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem. reidsr@ubuntu:~$ sudo dpkg --configure -a ...
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Can't run “dpkg --add-architecture i386” on 12.04 64-bit to run eclipse ADT

Running ubuntu 12.04 64 bit. I am trying to follow the steps written at the end of this page under the Heading : Installing Android SDK compat libraries. I am doing it in order to solve this problem. ...
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dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 6449 [duplicate]

This problem occured when trying to update using the update manager. A problem occured so I cleared all the cache and tried to update once again this time in terminal, and it spat out: dpkg: error: ...
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“/etc/grub.d/README: 6: Syntax error: ”(“ unexpected” while upgrading grub package

I am facing a problem while installing any program. I get an error of Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1). Following is log of the output of apt-get -f install. Any idea what's wrong ...
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Deleted the python binary, and can't recover using apt-get, what can I do?

Well. Yep. Wanted a fresh start because I was having dependency confusions, so I ran "whereis python" and literally erased all of the files and directories that came up. Then when I go to run apt-get ...
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error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/status' near line 55497 package 'indicator-displex'

After running an upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) to 12.04LTS (Precise Pangolin), a window popped up saying that the upgrade failed and that I should run sudo dpkg --configure -a. Running ...
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How can I Resolve dpkg dependency?

administrator@zlounes:~$ sudo apt-get dist-upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct ...
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Find (and reinstall) packages with corrupted files (without breaking anything)

I usually prefer to fix a Linux system than to reinstall from scratch. My computers have seen many distribution upgrades and a list of PPAs or third-party repositories. APT usually makes sure that ...
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dpkg: error: unable to access dpkg status area: Read-only file system

I am a newbie in this operating system I installed Ubuntu 12.10 and I found it very interesting to use. Then once I install chromn from ubuntu software I got I/O Error After that I could not ...
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How do I recreate a deleted '/var/lib/dpkg' directory?

Yesterday I had some problem with /var/lib/dpkg/lock during update. I knew that in such cases removing lock file could solve problem. So I tried to do it, but by mistake I removed all DPKG directory. ...
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update-alternatives: error: alternative path /lib/plymouth/themes/Lmint/Lmint.plymouth doesn't exist

When I use sudo apt-get install I get the following errors when installing any package: (This example is while installing Gnome extensions) Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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dpkg: error: parsing file '/var/lib/dpkg/updates/0045' near line 0:

I am getting this error in Ubuntu 12.04 , while doing the below operation. frank@august:~$ sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer [sudo] password for frank: E: dpkg was interrupted, you ...
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How to fake a package version installed?

Being an early adopter and using 11.04 daily builds I sometimes meet a situation when some packages require earlier versions of other packages than those I have installed. Usually newer (but refused) ...
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Fix half-installed package

I am getting error while using sudo apt-get upgrade stating: dpkg: error processing libgfortran3:amd64 (--configure): package libgfortran3:amd64 is not ready for configuration cannot configure ...
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How to fix “Could not open lock file” because “Permission denied”? [duplicate]

Whenever trying to install any software and update manger, I get an error stating Package operation failed The installation or removal of a software package failed When I run sudo apt-get update ...
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dpkg-deb: error: subprocess paste was killed by signal (Broken pipe) nginx

The Software up-to-date Option automatically download the upgrade for nginx. but While installing it's giving me the following error: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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Help: “aptd” is maxing out my CPU?

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 and have a "aptd" process running as root (which I understand is correct) but eating 95% CPU (which is definitely not right). As per one of the answers here How to stop ...
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Update manager can not open due to missing /var/lib/dpkg/status

Update manger won't open saying E: could not open file/var/lib/dpkg/status - open(2: No such file or directory), E:the package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened. what to do?
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E: Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status - open (2: No such file or directory)

When I use sudo apt-get update I get following error. E: Could not open file /var/lib/dpkg/status - open (2: No such file or directory) E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or ...
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trying to overwrite 'file', which is also in package '*', how to solve? [duplicate]

I'm not able to update anything. I'm on 13.10. When I try to install updates I get this: dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/librhythmbox-core7_3.0.1-0~13.10~ppa1_amd64.deb (--unpack): ...
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How to solve “dpkg: error: 1 expected program not found in PATH or not executable”?

I have installed the LAMP Server using the command sudo apt-get install lamp-server^. Thereafter, whenever I open the terminal the following error started to appear: bash: /home/gaja/.bashrccu: No ...
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Steam Install Error on 14.04 Ubuntu 64bit

I have tried some of the solutions posted elsewhere in the support forum, one seemed like it worked but after a steam update i found myself back at square one I am a new Linux user and am already at ...
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Permanently change keyboard layout

I am using Xmonad and LXDE, so I don't want to use gnome-settings-daemon. But there is a problem - without it I cannot switch into or type in Cyrillics. I found some temporary solution - when I enter ...
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Errors were encountered while processing: man-db

I get this error when I use apt-get upgrade & apt-get autoremove and on every apt-get [Something].. and when I try to install applications too: Errors were encountered while processing: man-db E: ...
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How to remove/install a package that is not fully installed?

I went to install bsnes the other day and for whatever reason the installation failed. Now, I cannot update, install new packages, or do basically any apt-get commands as they all try to process this ...
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dpkg: error processing package linux-image-generic (--configure): dependency problems - leaving unconfigured

dpkg --configure -a Setting up linux-image-3.13.0-35-generic (3.13.0-35.62) ... Running depmod. update-initramfs: deferring update (hook will be called later) The link /initrd.img is a dangling ...
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Broken dependencies due to libjackd

So I proudly updated my Linux distro for the first time and thereafter got a problem. I'm running Ubuntu Unity 2D (usually) 12.04 (since today) on a 64 bit computer. Indeed, the first upgrade -- I ...
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Grub-pc installing error

Trying to fix my apt-get upgrade, it always stopped at setting up grub-pc... I read somewhere that I should purge remove my grub2 and then reinstall it. I did that and after lots of paying around i ...
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Debconf errors when configuring mysql-server

When I try to run sudo apt-get upgrade I get the error below. I also get similar error when running sudo reconfigure postfix, which I relly need to run since outgoing e-mail is not working any more. ...
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“Ignoring /etc/texmf/texmf.d/*.cnf during generation of texmf.cnf” when installing tex-common

Im having a lot of problems with my Ubuntu after the update from the 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS. Every time I start the system, it shows a lot of dialogs saying that the system encountered problems, and ...
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How to fix E: Internal Error, No file name for libc6

How to fix E: Internal Error, No file name for libc6, Like that will show If I do: $ sudo apt-get upgrade or $ sudo apt-get install package This is example : $ sudo apt-get upgrade Reading ...
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Can't remove kernels “run-parts: /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-update-grub exited with return code 1”

Yesterday I upgraded Ubuntu from 12.04 to 12.10. However, the linux kernel has not upgraded from 3.2 to 3.5 as I would have expected. $ uname -r 3.2.0-32-generic $ uname -a Linux tony-b ...