Another app is currently holding the yum lock; waiting for it to exit...

Discussion in 'Linux' started by Jackbox, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. Jackbox

    Jackbox VIP

    You are on CentOS or similar and dealing with yum locked up. Fuck!

    Code:
    Another app is currently holding the yum lock; waiting for it to exit...
      The other application is: yum
        Memory :  57 M RSS (273 MB VSZ)
        Started: Fri Aug  4 12:52:05 2017 - 00:59 ago
        State  : Traced/Stopped, pid: 557
    Be signed in to the root user or type "su" (enter) to switch to root.

    To restart an update process go ahead with:
    cd /var/run/;rm -f yum.pid;yum update

    Optionally you may leave out the update part.
     
  2. ehthe

    ehthe Contributing Member

    If it's locked it's probably doing automatic security updates. Just saying xD
     
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  3. Jackbox

    Jackbox VIP

    Probably but very possibly not always, that's why I made this post.

    I was in zombie mode (tired) when I cancelled an install that locked yum. Looked for the PID and there were two I kept trying to kill that were re spawning every time. I got bored and wanted a solution that will work every time. This seems to be the holy dagger. Yum definitely does a lot more than just security updates. It being a whole package manager I would imagine many things could lock it up beyond just security updates.
     

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