View Full Version : [ubuntu] Increasing /boot partition w/ parted

August 22nd, 2009, 03:15 PM

when trying to install the recent updates on 9.04, I got a notification saying that my /boot partition is too small. My question: How can I increase this partition (/sda1) without losing any content in the other partitions?

My fstab looks as follows:

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# /dev/sda5
UUID=f4ac0e0c-931a-415b-baa5-b7fb9dc9df21 / reiserfs relatime 0 1
# /dev/sda1
UUID=baabca30-5578-40bc-9011-a9cd416d4507 /boot reiserfs notail,relatime 0 2
# /dev/sda8
UUID=70860176-1bb3-4e2c-bb41-7cf72dc9ab3d /home reiserfs relatime 0 2
# /dev/sda7
UUID=ba38ba1d-d9a0-4b32-bc71-4c1d51b218b0 /usr reiserfs relatime 0 2
# /dev/sda6
UUID=5947412b-e498-48c8-b7f8-62eccf2749e2 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

parted listing:

Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 32.3kB 98.7MB 98.7MB primary reiserfs boot
2 98.7MB 33.8GB 33.7GB extended
5 98.7MB 5100MB 5001MB logical reiserfs
6 5100MB 6103MB 1003MB logical linux-swap
7 6103MB 16.1GB 10.0GB logical reiserfs
8 16.1GB 33.8GB 17.7GB logical reiserfs

Any help highly appreciated,


August 22nd, 2009, 03:25 PM
Since your boot partition is a primary partition and the rest are all logical parttions, you will have to do this in stages.

If you want to keep the /boot partition as a primary partition, the easiest way would be to:
1. Backup important data.
2. Shrink sda5 as much as you want to expand sda1. (Leave the free space at the front of the partition).
3. Shrink the expanded partition.
4. Expand sda1

I posted a thread on resizing the / partition. It doesn't apply specifically to your case but most of the principals are the same - just think /boot where it says 'windows'.

Alternatively, if you have a lot of older kernels still lurking about in your /boot partition you could try to remove them to see if you have enough space, although a 98MB /boot partition could trouble you again in the future.