Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

After my last attempt to run an update with sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade I got into a never returning update step (see below). So far I can only Ctrl+C but it will be triggered again after every update. If I stop it too harshly, e.g. restarting, then all the update locks are left and I have to delete them manually. How can I get rid of this never-ending loop?

-------- Uninstall Beginning --------
Module:  bcmwl
Kernel:  3.5.0-40-generic (x86_64)

Status: Before uninstall, this module version was ACTIVE on this kernel.

 - Uninstallation
   - Deleting from: /lib/modules/3.5.0-40-generic/updates/dkms/
 - Original module
   - No original module was found for this module on this kernel.
   - Use the dkms install command to reinstall any previous module version.


DKMS: uninstall completed.

Deleting module version:
completely from the DKMS tree.
Loading new bcmwl- DKMS files...
Building only for 3.5.0-40-generic
Building for architecture x86_64
Building initial module for 3.5.0-40-generic

Running module version sanity check.
 - Original module
   - No original module exists within this kernel
 - Installation
   - Installing to /lib/modules/3.5.0-40-generic/updates/dkms/


DKMS: install completed.
_ <<<<< never comes back

How do I prevent DKMS from hijacking apt-get? or how can I find which module is leading DKMS to hang?

share|improve this question
do you have 3.5.0-40-generic kernel headers installed? – Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Sep 25 '13 at 8:36

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.