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    Exclamation out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    I am trying to uppgrade my 13.04 install to 13.10
    but whenever I try do-release-upgrade
    I get a lot of scrolling text(normal)
    I get a reminder about thirdparty packages
    and then I get this.

    Calculating the changes

    Calculating the changes

    Not enough free disk space

    The upgrade has aborted. The upgrade needs a total of 54.8 M free
    space on disk '/boot'. Please free at least an additional 18.4 M of
    disk space on '/boot'. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages
    of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'.


    Restoring original system state

    Aborting
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Building data structures... Done
    enduser@Phoenix:~$ ^C
    enduser@Phoenix:~$

    And it goes no farther.
    any ideas?
    I did install from a live usb on a blank system.

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    Re: out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    This:

    The upgrade has aborted. The upgrade needs a total of 54.8 M free
    space on disk '/boot'. Please free at least an additional 18.4 M of
    disk space on '/boot'. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages
    of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'.
    Empty trash, clear some of the old things out of /boot.

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    Re: out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    have you run
    Code:
     sudo apt-get clean
    ?
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    Re: out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    Sorry I did not mention that I had used the sudo apt-get clean
    I can find the boot folder and I have no idea what is neccessary in it and what is not.
    Looking in the folder I have.
    A grub folder.
    several versions of abi-3.8.0-[ranges from 19 to 32]-generic.
    initrd.img-3.8.0-[varies]-generic
    memtest86+.bin
    memtest86+_multiboot.bin
    config-3.8.0-[varies]-generic
    System.map-3.8.0[varies]-generic
    vmlinuz-3.8.0-[varies]-generic
    Last edited by Norrolith; November 10th, 2013 at 09:08 PM.

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    Re: out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    can you show us the output of command df -h please which will show your mounted partitions and how much space is being used in them all.
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    Re: out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    enduser@Phoenix:~$ df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-root 909G 220G 643G 26% /
    none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
    udev 3.9G 12K 3.9G 1% /dev
    tmpfs 795M 2.1M 793M 1% /run
    none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
    none 3.9G 812K 3.9G 1% /run/shm
    none 100M 68K 100M 1% /run/user
    /dev/sda1 228M 181M 35M 84% /boot
    /dev/sdb1 29G 16G 14G 55% /media/enduser/B52C-C294
    /dev/sdc1 30G 9.3G 21G 32% /media/enduser/USB DISK
    enduser@Phoenix:~$

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    Re: out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    Running "sudo apt-get autoremove" often cleans out older kernels and frees up space in /boot. Give that a try.
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    Re: out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    You have a separate /boot partition which is too small for the number of kernels you have installed and I don't think autoremove removes older kernels, I'm afraid. A separate /boot partition is not normally recommended on a desktop machine, partly for the reason you have just seen, ie, it is too easy to run out of space, but if you make sure you only keep two kernels you should be fine until you next install the system, at which point I suggest you get rid of the /boot partition and leave it in / as is more normal.

    I always remove extra kernels with synaptic, which you may have to install. I then search for the kernel numbers that are installed with command
    Code:
    grep "menuentry " /boot/grub/grub.cfg | cut -c 1-100
    and remove all except the two most recent; autoremove will then remove the unneeded header packages related to your now removed kernel versions.
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    Re: out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    So I would enter
    Code:

    grep "menuentry " /boot/grub/grub.cfg | cut -c 1-100
    in a terminal?
    I am not finding a codebox in synaptic.

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    Re: out of room in /boot, 13.10 upgrade

    I'd agree with ajgreeny: You've got a lot of old kernels in /boot. Make sure you remove them with either synaptic, or ubuntu tweak (or something similar), just make sure you don't remove the current running kernel!

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