Error message: dpkg status
Posted 26 February 2018 - 05:00 PM
Newbie to linux and trying Bodhi on an old netbook. Whilst trying to install Firefox from app center I get an error message telling me I should try command 'sudo dpkg --configure -a'
Tried typing the command into a terminal and now receive error message 'dpkg status database is locked by another process'
Has anyone had a similar experience ? Any ideas on a command I could try ??
Posted 26 February 2018 - 05:04 PM Best Answer
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install firefox
Posted 26 February 2018 - 06:44 PM
The status being locked by another process means another system tool / program is currently using the system's package manager. If you are unsure what this might be, logging out and logging back in should clear anything out that might be using it.
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Posted 26 February 2018 - 08:00 PM
Thanks for your help guys. I tried typing in 'sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install firefox' but still did not seem to work.
Tried 'sudo apt-get install firefox' and hey presto firefox installed and is up and running.
Posted 27 February 2018 - 05:35 AM
Just curious, after typing sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install firefox and then hitting enter, were you asked for your password? If so, did you see a number of lines of data fly past as the updater did its thing? The sudo ... && sudo ... line simply runs update and then attempts to install firefox without, hopefully, requiring you to renenter your password. For example a suggestion for updating a system previously was sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get autoremove && sudo apt-get autoclean. The commands will run back to back only requiring you to enter your password once, hopefully.
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