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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?

12 Monkeys

Last edited by 12 Monkeys; May 2, 2014 @ 8:46am
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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..
Dusk of Oolacile 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.
12 Monkeys May 2, 2014 @ 8:46am 
After the latest client update everything is ok again :)
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Date Posted: Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:57pm
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