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I'm trying to install git with

apt-get install git

it then says

E: Could not open lock fine /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?

How do I get this?

marked as duplicate by Oli Mar 10 '14 at 17:29

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Always do

sudo apt-get <command>

To drop into root,

sudo -i or sudo su (sudo -i is recommended and more proper, but it really doesn't matter)


To execute any command as root just start with sudo then type the command
You will be asked for your password, the characters won't be shown, not even in dots, so just type the password and hit enter.


to get into the you need to type the following command

$ sudo su

when prompted for password enter it.You can also use another command that is

$sudo -i
  • sudo su is completely unnecessary. Keep to sudo -i. – guntbert Nov 4 '13 at 21:37

I think you should install git with root privilege. You can do it by typing sudo -i in terminal and then type password if it asks then you can run apt-get install git.

If root privilege is only the problem then this should work. Hope this works for you.

  • thank you it worked :D I didn't have to type the "sudo" part of the get-apt to get it to work. – fredghostkyle Nov 4 '13 at 2:03
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    actually after being as a root user you don't have to type sudo – Sudeep Acharya Nov 4 '13 at 5:58

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