My new-a-few-weeks-ago laptop (HP running Zorin Lite OS 12.4, an Ubuntu Xenial Xerus variant) broke down rather spectacularly. It started to put up error messages about being unable to check for updates because it couldn't read its package list, or something like that - it's hard to remember the exact words of something you couldn't understand. Within a few days, it was unable to run any package-related commands at all (e.g. apt-get update or install), and then stopped booting at all.
I managed at length to get it running again by using a live USB to run a manual "fsck" check. (The check turned up literally dozens or errors, Is this normal for "fsck" or is it a Very Bad Sign?) But something's still not right. It put up the error message about being unable to check for updates again a couple of times. That's apparently stopped now, but when I try to start Synaptic Package Manager it says
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E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock-frontend - open (21: Is a directory)
E: Unable to acquire the dpkg frontend lock (/var/lib/dpkg/lock-frontend), are you root?
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.
(I [i]would[/i] report but I don't know who to)
and when I try to run "apt-get update" it says
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Reading package lists... Done
W: chmod 0700 of directory /var/lib/apt/lists/partial failed - SetupAPTPartialDirectory (1: Operation not permitted)
E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
E: Unable to lock directory /var/lib/apt/lists/
W: Problem unlinking the file /var/cache/apt/pkgcache.bin - RemoveCaches (13: Permission denied)
W: Problem unlinking the file /var/cache/apt/srcpkgcache.bin - RemoveCaches (13: Permission denied)
What is this, and is it treatable? Any help or information would be much appreciated, I'm worried that it's going to break down again any time!