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  1. #1
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    Question Remove old versions

    Hello there,

    By running "sudo dpkg --list 'linux-image*'" I got a long list of linux images/versions, and I'd like to remove all the unnecessary versions:


    un linux-image <none> (no description available)
    un linux-image-3.0 <none> (no description available)
    un linux-image-3.2.0-23-gener <none> (no description available)
    rc linux-image-3.2.0-26-gener 3.2.0-26.41 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    rc linux-image-3.2.0-27-gener 3.2.0-27.43 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    rc linux-image-3.2.0-29-gener 3.2.0-29.46 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    rc linux-image-3.2.0-31-gener 3.2.0-31.50 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    rc linux-image-3.2.0-32-gener 3.2.0-32.51 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    rc linux-image-3.2.0-33-gener 3.2.0-33.52 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    rc linux-image-3.2.0-34-gener 3.2.0-34.53 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    rc linux-image-3.2.0-35-gener 3.2.0-35.55 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-36-gener 3.2.0-36.57 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-37-gener 3.2.0-37.58 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-38-gener 3.2.0-38.61 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-39-gener 3.2.0-39.62 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-40-gener 3.2.0-40.64 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-41-gener 3.2.0-41.66 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-43-gener 3.2.0-43.68 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-44-gener 3.2.0-44.69 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-45-gener 3.2.0-45.70 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-48-gener 3.2.0-48.74 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    in linux-image-3.2.0-51-gener <none> (no description available)
    in linux-image-3.2.0-55-gener <none> (no description available)
    in linux-image-3.2.0-59-gener <none> (no description available)
    ii linux-image-3.2.0-60-gener 3.2.0-60.91 Linux kernel image for version 3.2.0 on 32 bit x86 SMP
    iU linux-image-generic-pae 3.2.0.51.61 Generic Linux kernel image

    However, when I tried to run "sudo apt-get remove linux-image-3.2.0-36-gener", I got the following:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Note, selecting 'linux-image-3.2.0-36-generic-pae' for regex 'linux-image-3.2.0-36-gener'
    Note, selecting 'linux-image-3.2.0-36-generic' for regex 'linux-image-3.2.0-36-gener'
    Package linux-image-3.2.0-36-generic is not installed, so not removed
    You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
    The following packages have unmet dependencies:
    linux-generic-pae : Depends: linux-headers-generic-pae (= 3.2.0.51.61) but 3.2.0.60.71 is to be installed
    linux-image-generic-pae : Depends: linux-image-3.2.0-51-generic-pae but it is not going to be installed
    E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

    By running "sudo apt-get -f install" I got the following:

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Correcting dependencies... Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    linux-generic-pae linux-image-generic-pae
    The following packages will be upgraded:
    linux-generic-pae linux-image-generic-pae
    2 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    2 not fully installed or removed.
    Need to get 0 B/4,108 B of archives.
    After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? Y
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-image-generic-pae:
    linux-image-generic-pae depends on linux-image-3.2.0-51-generic-pae; however:
    Package linux-image-3.2.0-51-generic-pae is not installed.
    dpkg: error processing linux-image-generic-pae (--configure):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of linux-generic-pae:
    linux-generic-pae depends on linux-image-generic-pae (= 3.2.0.51.61); however:
    Package linux-image-generic-pae is not configured yet.
    linux-generic-pae depends on linux-headers-generic-pae (= 3.2.0.51.61); however:
    Version of linux-headers-generic-pae on system is 3.2.0.60.71.
    dpkg: error processing linux-generic-pae (--configure):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    linux-image-generic-pae
    linux-generic-pae
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    Anyone has seen similar issues and knows how to resolve this?

    Thanks,

    Shaobo

  2. #2
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    Re: Remove old versions

    Shaobo_Sun; Hi ! My Welcome to the forum.

    An approach to the situation from an alternate perspective. Let's insure that you have not run out of space in '/boot' or elsewhere preventing any additional install of the kernels. Check for this condition; Terminal codes:
    Code:
    df -h
    df -i
    IF and only IF it is verified that there are no space constraints, then try this:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install linux-generic linux-generic-pae linux-headers-generic linux-headers-generic-pae  linux-image-generic linux-image-generic-pae
    Then before removing the excess kernels, make sure of what kernel you are presently running - DO NOT - remove this kernel:
    Code:
    uname -r
    Finally, after the excess kernels have been removed, the remaining config files need to be removed. In your "sudo dpkg --list 'linux-image*'" output, see those lines starting with 'rc', well the 'rc' means Removed but config files remain. To remove those stragglers:
    Code:
    dpkg --list |grep "^rc" | cut -d " " -f 3 | xargs sudo dpkg --purge
    If you are out of room, then other means will be introduced to clean things up.

    Advise and let us know how it goes.

    where there is a will there is a way
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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