groupadd: cannot lock /etc/gshadow; try again later.

Bug #732864 reported by Paul Sladen on 2011-03-10
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This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
QEMU
Undecided
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qemu (Ubuntu)
Medium
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shadow (Ubuntu)
Medium
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: qemu

Unpacking qemu-kvm (from .../qemu-kvm_0.14.0+noroms-0ubuntu2_i386.deb) ...
groupadd: cannot lock /etc/gshadow; try again later.
addgroup: `/usr/sbin/groupadd -g 125 kvm' returned error code 10. Exiting.
dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/qemu-kvm_0.14.0+noroms-0ubuntu2_i386.deb (--unpack):
 subprocess new pre-installation script returned error exit status 1

Errors were encountered while processing:
 /var/cache/apt/archives/qemu-kvm_0.14.0+noroms-0ubuntu2_i386.deb
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Changed in qemu (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
Serge Hallyn (serge-hallyn) wrote :

Thanks for reporting this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better.

To work around this and proceed, please first make sure there is no stuck useradd process:

  ps -ef | grep useradd
  ps -ef | grep groupadd

If either of those show results, then please kill the process (reply here if you need help with that).

Then please remove any stale lock files by doing:

  rm -f /etc/passwd.lock /etc/group.lock /etc/gshadow.lock

and then re-try your install or upgrade.

Changed in shadow (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Medium
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