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I interrupt my remote-session during the installation of myphpadmin. Now I want to remove and reinstall it. Now suddenly when I type in sudo apt-get remove phpmyadmin the following error message occur:

 Unterprozess installiertes pre-removal-Skript gab den Fehlerwert 1 zurück
configured to not write apport reports
                                      debconf: DbDriver "config": /var/cache/deb                             conf/config.dat is locked by another process: Die Ressource ist zur Zeit nicht v                             erfügbar
dpkg: Fehler beim Aufräumen:
 Unterprozess installiertes post-installation-Skript gab den Fehlerwert 1 zurüc                             k
Fehler traten auf beim Bearbeiten von:

The text is german

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This might sound stupid (sorry if it does!) but have you restarted the machine since the failure? It should stop any processes that might have a file lock and let you remove it – chunkyb2002 Oct 22 '11 at 20:10
@chunkyb2002: Yeah, restarting Debian is usually a stupid suggestion... although it would work in this case :) – Flimzy Oct 27 '11 at 8:49
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It sounds like dpkg is still running. Try killing it:

killall dpkg

Then re-run your removal command.

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