[TBR] 12 Monkeys Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:57pm
[Solved] steam breaking apt-get?
Hi guys!

My problem is as follows. I am running 3 different laptops. Mint 13, Mint 16 and Ubuntu 14.04. All three is running latest steam deb. Ubuntu is ok, no problem.

But...On both of my Mint boxes I get this:
"E: Could not get lock /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (11: Resource temporarily unavailable)
E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/"

It doesn't in any way break my system but it's annoying :/
Using -->
"sudo rm -fv /var/lib/apt/lists/*
sudo apt-get update"
takes care of the problem until next reboot.

In other words, when Mint is running the Update Manager, the output is that the apt-get process is busy. It takes for ever to finish and/or it hangs... This happened after the latest steam client upgrade. I have trialed this on one of my laptops, re-installing Mint 16 from scratch and then adding the steam client. Without steam = no problem, with steam = problem.
I have also run trials in both Virtualbox and vmware. Same result.

When I use synaptic to remove steam all is good. So I am wondering if steam is hogging the apt-get process, taking a higher priority? A steam client bug maybe?

Regards
12 Monkeys


Last edited by [TBR] 12 Monkeys; May 2, 2014 @ 8:46am
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-FwG- ^ Bucky Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:04pm 
As far as I know Steam checks to make sure the package index is up-to-date and actually gives the option to update it, but that's only when you first run Steam.
I'm unsure why it doesn't release apt though..
LOLCAT May 1, 2014 @ 5:17pm 
What happens if you install steam from the repository instead of the deb file? You only have to type sudo apt-get install steam, you don't need to get the "latest" one from the website. There's nothing in it that has to be latest, the client updates itself.
[TBR] 12 Monkeys May 2, 2014 @ 8:46am 
After the latest client update everything is ok again :)
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