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

Jackbox

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

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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.
 

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