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Occasionally I have connection problem with apt-get (typically because I use it behind a proxy and try to install/upgrade flash). I have been trying sending Ctrlc but it would not stop. I thought it was something wrong with synaptic but obviously I just tried with a terminal and don't know how to stop it now.

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This is a known bug:
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=599007
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/apt/+bug/578625

The bug report mentions that even Ctrl + \ doesn't work.

Solution:

  • Suspend the job: Ctrl + Z

  • Kill it: sudo killall apt-get

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