Fix “Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/)” in Ubuntu

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Aaron Kili

Aaron Kili is a Linux and F.O.S.S enthusiast, an upcoming Linux SysAdmin, web developer, and currently a content creator for TecMint who loves working with computers and strongly believes in sharing knowledge.

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89 Responses

  1. Pablo says:

    Dear Aaron,

    Thanks for your response, it helped me a lot, in my situation I am new to linux. It is a powerful technology for those who know how to use it.


  2. Olivia says:

    HI, i followed this procedure yesterday and it worked, but i am fcing the same problem today too. will i have to be doing this everyday, or there is a way i can stop it once and for all

  3. Olivia says:

    Thank you so much. it is very easy to follow and understand

  4. Sneha says:

    This article is so simple and easy to understand. Saved my day! Thanks Aaron!

  5. Valli M says:

    Thank you so much Aaron Kili. You saved me. Thanks a lot.

  6. Ritesh says:


    I am trying for a long time to install Kali Linux from MS store but failed always, after running “sudo” command.

    When I run “sudo/etc/init.d/xrdp start” it says” No such file or directory not found

    Kindly guide

  7. Ganesh says:

    I am getting these errors..

    Err:1 artful InRelease
    Could not resolve ''
    Err:2 artful-updates InRelease
    Could not resolve ''
    Err:3 artful-backports InRelease
    Could not resolve ''
    Err:4 artful InRelease
    Could not resolve ''
    Err:5 artful-security InRelease
    Could not resolve ''
    Reading package lists... Done
    W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ''
    W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ''
    W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ''
    W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ''
    W: Failed to fetch Could not resolve ''
    W: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

  8. srujan says:

    Hi Sir,

    0% [Connecting to (2001:67c:1360:8001:

    it is coming like this after typing given commands.

  9. Manal Shaikh says:

    thanks brother, its working! I recently bought a vps and it had the same issue but now its fixed. Thank you :)

  10. lucky says:

    thanks aaron

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