I'm using an old version of OpenSUSE and when I try to update some package via the command line, e.g.

Zypper update firefox

it shows the message listed below.

System management is locked by the application with pid 2181(/usr/sbin/packagekitd).
Close this application before trying again.

  • Try using root privileges (su or sudo)
    – Kartik
    Aug 5, 2013 at 14:17
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    Already tried Sudo ,but inspite of root previliges it's showing the same error. Aug 5, 2013 at 14:30

1 Answer 1


You already have a Zypper instance running, that's what the error message is telling you. Just kill the other process and try again:

sudo kill 2181

If that doesn't work try

sudo kill -9 2181

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