Today I went to do my usual apt update and apt upgrade commands and I ran in an issue. Whenever I enter sudo apt update, I get prompted my password as usual but then nothing happens. The cursor blinks and then turns stationary, but the update process never starts.

I tried sudo dpkg --configure -a but it didn't change anything. Changing the source server seems to be broken too, and the process of changing keeps freezing the software & update utility.

I run Ubuntu 18.10 with kernel 5.0.5. The issue is still here on 5.0.1 and 4.20.0. Any idea ?

  • Try sudo apt install -f
    – Tintin
    Mar 31 '19 at 21:05
  • @Tintin it found a package to autoremove (libllvm:i386) but nothing else. The autoremove did not change anything to my problem
    – Bruh
    Mar 31 '19 at 21:14
  • Try removing rm -rf /var/lib/apt/lists/* and then sudo apt clean && apt update
    – Tintin
    Mar 31 '19 at 21:18
  • @Tintin Same whole lot of nothing :'( the apt clean did not return anything if thats important
    – Bruh
    Mar 31 '19 at 21:21
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    @j0h Ok quick feedback here. Yesterday I tried it with both my home wired connection and wifi and the issue was the same, which made me think it was not network related. This morning however, I went back on it on my way to work and used my phone's connection. And BOOM 106 hits when entered an apt update... I guess there is something wrong with my network. No idea what since my desktop is also on the network and also running 18.10 and has no problem updating. Thanks for the help anyway !
    – Bruh
    Apr 1 '19 at 5:26

Ok so I'll answer my own problem in case other have the same issue I did. Changing network from my local wired connection or wifi to my phone's 4G seemed to resolve the problem, even if the same connection lets my desktop with same config update just fine. Idk why that is, probably some sort of driver things...

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