I was downloading OS updates as per usual while working, and when I finished working I realized the installation had gotten stuck. I was trying to install another package and wanted to use apt, which meant access to dpkg. After frustrating myself trying to cancel the update and try again, I tried dpkg --configure -a, to no avail. Finally, I ran killall dpkg against better judgment. I was able to restart dpkg and install my package, but now when I go to install OS updates again I'm confronted with the following message: There Was An Error Installing Operating System Updates

Am I safe to move on and expect the next updates to arrive normally? If not, what can I do to fix this?

  • Yes i have the same problem too.I update via terminal but the problem still insists. – Kostas Drosakis Feb 6 '18 at 20:38
  • How do you update via terminal? – Kyle Feb 6 '18 at 21:02
  • Yes, sudo apt-get update and sudo apt-get upgrade.And then this window.From what i understand few repositories are obsoleted.Do i have to remove them manually? imgur.com/a/yXpOi – Kostas Drosakis Feb 7 '18 at 22:41
  • Maybe sudo apt autoremove? – Kyle Feb 7 '18 at 23:01

I think so, I believe that is just the way that EOS says you are up to date. When that happened to me I was able to update without a problem later on.


PS, I am not an authority in EOS I am speaking from experience. 😉

  • Ok, thanks! If nobody has more information in the next little while, I'll accept your answer as correct. – Kyle Feb 6 '18 at 19:30
  • Sadly I've had problems with my wireless. So the App store is does not work when a different wifi is working in the background which is what I use. So, sometime I have to update manually on a terminal. Why don't you do a "sudo apt update" to see if it works? maybe? :D – Pookito Feb 6 '18 at 21:40

In my case, the problem was relationed to the ppa repositories, it can be another thing for you, but you can check if your case is a ppa problem by going to the console and typing:

sudo apt-get update

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you can check for any errors shown. If something is not right, try to temporarily remove the respective ppa list file on folder /etc/apt/sources.list.d/


I have the same problem and it was java ppa. I unselected java ppa via synaptic and reload the update and it was fine.

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