Jockey fails silently if it can't get dpkg lock

Bug #303085 reported by CarloBecchi on 2008-11-28
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
jockey (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Description updated 4/22/2012

Jockey depends on being able to get a dpkg lock, and if another GUI like Synaptic is running at the same time, this will fail in an invisible script running hidden behind the gui, and tell you...

Sorry, the installation of this driver failed.
Please have a look at the log file for details: /var/log/jockey.log

What should happen instead - Jockey should pause and interactively tell you to shut down Synaptic (or whatever package manager has the lock) in order to be able to proceed further. Perhaps easier, it should check on this before beginning the process.

Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2009-01-29
Changed in jockey:
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Silvio Sisto (sistoviejo) wrote :

I can confirm this bug in Jaunty but it's a little different. If you have synaptic or apt-get running, the installation fails with no error message whatsoever.

sam tygier (samtygier) wrote :

silent failer is still present in karmic

Daniel Letzeisen (dtl131) wrote :

This is still an issue in precise/12.04

summary: - Restricted Manager needs a nicer "lock" message
+ Jockey fails silently if it can't get dpkg lock
tags: added: precise
description: updated
dino99 (9d9) wrote :

Jockey has been superseded by software-properties, which now handles
third-party driver configuration.

Is it still an issue on active releases ?

Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Incomplete
Daniel Letzeisen (dtl131) wrote :

d99: as I noted in comment #3, this is an issue on precise/12.04, which is supported until 2015 (or maybe 2017?).

Changed in jockey (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
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