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

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 00:59:10 GMT 2016

Control: tags -1 + pending

2013-01-06 18:54 Axel Beckert:
>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

Fixed now, marking as + pending.

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo at gmail.com>

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