I'm relatively new to Linux. I tried to install Virtualbox on Lubuntu 18.10. I had never used it before.

During the installation, a prompt told me that I had to alter my Secure Boot. I wasn't anticipating that and tried to discontinue the installation so I could read more about what that meant before moving forward.

I tried to uninstall Virtualbox using the Software application but it would not give me that option. I tried to use the Synaptic Package Manage to uninstall, but it prompted me to run sudo dpkg --configure -a in terminal. That did nothing for an indeterminate amount of time. I had to close out terminal entirely to write another command, and then I uninstalled Virtualbox using sudo apt-get --purge remove virtualbox and dpkg --list seemed to indicate this was successful.

But there still appears to be a residual problem that I can't discontinue. Synaptic still gives me the same prompt if I try to use it. So does dist-upgrade command when I tried it among other things. If I try sudo dpkg --configure -a now I still get a process that appears to freeze in terminal. I get this:

And then nothing more seems to happen. Task manager seems to indicate nothing is happening. I saw that this was addressed once before on this forum but those solutions did not seem to work for me in this case.

  • You could simply uninstall the virtualbox-dkms package.... – user535733 Jun 17 '18 at 22:51
  • Thank you. This worked. Because you answered this in the comments, not sure how to indicate this has been answered. I also needed to do the following first to get that to work: sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock cd /var/lib/dpkg/updates sudo rm * – Absurdistan Jun 18 '18 at 0:53
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The above combination was what worked for me.

sudo rm /var/lib/dpkg/lock
sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/lock 
sudo rm /var/cache/apt/archives/lock 
cd /var/lib/dpkg/updates sudo rm *
sudo apt-get remove virtualbox-dkms

All credit goes to those that commented above.

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    -1 for the recommendation of the indiscriminate removal of package manager lock files. – David Foerster Jul 15 '18 at 10:56

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