[Aptitude-devel] Bug#498061: Some commands like "show" needn't lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock

Axel Beckert abe at debian.org
Sun Jan 6 18:54:29 UTC 2013

Control: severity -1 minor
Control: tag -1 + confirmed


jidanni at jidanni.org wrote:
> Severity: wishlist
> Some commands like "show" and "why", "why-not", needn't try to lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock
> # aptitude show scim-gtk2-immodule
> 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 another process using it?

As the merged http://bugs.debian.org/650179 shows, this happens only
as root, so a workaround is to call this command as user instead.

Since I used the word "workaround", the issue only appears when
running the command as root but not as normal user, and since I felt
the urge to tag it as "confirmed", this is definitely more severe than
just "wishlist".

I'm hence raising the severity to "minor" (only, since there is a

		Regards, Axel
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