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    Need more space on /

    I need to get more space on / . /home is just below it with some free space. I have GParted. How do I release space above /home and incorporate it into root? Why does not ubuntu come with a root space requirement?

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    Re: Need more space on /

    If home is your last partition, you could delete it and add it to /. Do you know the order your disk is partitioned?

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    Re: Need more space on /

    It does come with a root space requirement.
    When you install it states you need X amount of space to install Ubuntu.
    That space is minimum requirement to run Ubuntu, that space is the minimum space needed for root.
    Everything else is what you do.

    Anyhoo, how much space is in root anyway?
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    Re: Need more space on /

    Can you fire up gparted and post a screenshot so we can see hpw your partitions are laid out.
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    Re: Need more space on /

    According to GParted my disk is partitioned as follows:
    TYPE NAME SIZE UNUSED
    /dev/sda1/ EXT4 /BOOT 1.95GB 1.55GB
    /DEV/SDA3/ EXT4 / 10.25GB 913.64 MB
    /DEV/SDA4/ EXTENDED 128.91GB
    /DEV/SDA5/ EXT4 /HOME 128.91GB 85.44GB
    UNALLOCATED 5.01GB
    /DEV/SDA2/ LINUX-SWAP 2.93GB

    i HAVE A LOT OF STUFF ON /HOME SO I DON'T THINK i WANT TO ERASE IT.

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    Re: Need more space on /

    Quote Originally Posted by schmitta View Post
    According to GParted my disk is partitioned as follows:
    TYPE NAME SIZE UNUSED
    /dev/sda1/ EXT4 /BOOT 1.95GB 1.55GB
    /DEV/SDA3/ EXT4 / 10.25GB 913.64 MB
    /DEV/SDA4/ EXTENDED 128.91GB
    /DEV/SDA5/ EXT4 /HOME 128.91GB 85.44GB
    UNALLOCATED 5.01GB
    /DEV/SDA2/ LINUX-SWAP 2.93GB

    i HAVE A LOT OF STUFF ON /HOME SO I DON'T THINK i WANT TO ERASE IT.
    This looks a little complicated/dangerous to resize tbh
    You would have to shrink the /home partition at the top, hope you dont lose any data, shrink the extended partition at the top too, just to get some extra space for the root partition.

    Do you have another HDD you can store data on temperorily? If so, you can just copy the data from /home to that drive, remove the extended partition, expand the root partition, and put the extended partition back.

    There are other options such as converting to a LVM available, but be sure you backup before you touch anything

    Edit [8/13/2013]: I should probably mention that that will cause you to have to rewrite your fstab to have the new UUIDs for the new disks
    Last edited by sandyd; August 15th, 2013 at 07:26 AM.
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    Re: Need more space on /

    Thanks Sandy. I think I will do that. I will have to get a USB HDD. Should be interesting. If you are a girl I think you are cute!

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    Re: Need more space on /

    you could also try somethign like ocmputer janitor or belachbit. it could be that old kernels or old updates took up the space. well that is unless you installed plenty new programes.

    i have 8 GB total (/ + /swap) on virtualbox install. of which about 6.5 GB is ooccupied (Xubuntu). i don't have GIMP installed but i do have lamp and a few other programes (e.g geany, bluefish and such). i remember once after some updates disk was full. i cleaned the old stuff (i htink with computer janitor) and there was plenty of space again for my tests.
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