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Thread: boot space error on update

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2008

    boot space error on update

    I cannot install the latest update on Ubuntu 10.04 and get an error message about lack of boot space. I have tried the suggestions (empty trash and sudo apt-get clean) but I still have the error. When created my boot was 197 mb. What should I do next?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    South Africa
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: boot space error on update

    Clean it out by removing some old kernels. Do a search on the web how to do so. One that I saw a while ago is
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Elgin, IL USA
    Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak

    Re: boot space error on update

    If you are still running 10.04 and have never removed old kernels, you could have more than a dozen old ones lying around doing nothing. How many kernel versions are listed in your grub menu?

    I have an old 10.04 system I do not run much and had not cleaned house lately, and it had a total of 13 kernels. So I removed 10 of them leaving the 3 most recent.

    If you do not trust a script to make sure it does it right, you can do it yourself.

    Assuming you are booting the most recent kernel you do have, to find out its version in a terminal do: uname -r

    Go to Administration > Synaptic and enter linux in Quick search. Scroll through the list and any green boxes in any linux-generic, linux-headers, or linux-image more than several versions older than you are running as "Mark for complete removal". When you get them all Apply. Note that files for kernel versions are not necessarily in numerical order, and do not remove other files common to all linux versions.

    For example my 10.04 is running 2.6.32-42, so I removed linux header, image or generic files from 2.6.32-39 or earlier. Now grub only shows 3 kernels -40, -41, and -42.
    i5 650 3.2 GHz upgraded to i7 870, 16 GB 1333 RAM, nvidia GTX 1060, 32" 1080p & assorted older computers


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