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    Old linux-header source files

    Is there any earthly reason for keeping them in my system (in /usr/src)?

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    Re: Old linux-header source files

    No real point keeping any header packages for which you do not have the same version kernel, but do not simply delete them; you should uninstall the linux-headers packages with the same version number.

    You may also find that command
    Code:
    sudo apt autoremove
    offers to uninstall those packages.

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    Re: Old linux-header source files

    When I try to remove the packages, apt says they're not installed. What's the danger in just deleting them? They're taking up over 300 MB of disk space.

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    Re: Old linux-header source files

    bilkay; Hey

    There is indeed a manual method to remove orphan files.
    One must make is so that /usr/src/, /lib/modules/, and /boot/ all agree - and then heal the package manager.

    See: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2174867
    as an example of the how-to.

    my bit to try and help
    THE current(cy) in Documentation:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PopularPages

    Happy ubuntu'n !

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    Re: Old linux-header source files

    Can you please tell us the Ubuntu version you're using and then show us the full terminal output plus the commands used to remove the header packages.

    A possibility is that you have retained the configurations for those headers so it may help to make sure you use the purge commands when removing them.

    When I see a new kernel has arrived, and being a bit OCD about my system, I always run command
    Code:
    sudo apt purge *5.4.0-##*
    for the third kernel version that I no longer need. That completely removes everything related to that version of kernel including headers, modules and tools packages that are installed, including their configuration files.

    You may find synaptic is a good way to search those header packages as it shows absolutely everything, and if you search simply using the specific kernel version number it may allow you to remove configurations you didn't even know were still present in the system. You can also filter the search with the Status filter in the left hand pane and find all retained configurations.

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    Re: Old linux-header source files

    Now that you mentioned it, I see that /lib/modules also has a ton of old stuff. All told, it's almost a gig of disk space.

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    Re: Old linux-header source files

    Quote Originally Posted by ajgreeny View Post
    Can you please tell us the Ubuntu version you're using and then show us the full terminal output plus the commands used to remove the header packages.
    18.04

    Code:
    root@Laptop:/# apt purge *4.15.0-101
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    Note, selecting 'linux-tools-4.15.0-101' for glob '*4.15.0-101'
    Note, selecting 'linux-cloud-tools-4.15.0-101' for glob '*4.15.0-101'
    Note, selecting 'linux-headers-4.15.0-101' for glob '*4.15.0-101'
    Package 'linux-cloud-tools-4.15.0-101' is not installed, so not removed
    Package 'linux-headers-4.15.0-101' is not installed, so not removed
    Package 'linux-tools-4.15.0-101' is not installed, so not removed
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 80 not upgraded.
    Code:
    root@Laptop:/usr/src# ls
    linux-headers-4.15.0-101          linux-headers-4.15.0-159-generic
    linux-headers-4.15.0-106          linux-headers-4.15.0-161
    linux-headers-4.15.0-109          linux-headers-4.15.0-161-generic
    linux-headers-4.15.0-112          linux-headers-4.15.0-54
    linux-headers-4.15.0-115          linux-headers-4.15.0-55
    linux-headers-4.15.0-122          linux-headers-4.15.0-58
    linux-headers-4.15.0-123          linux-headers-4.15.0-60
    linux-headers-4.15.0-126          linux-headers-4.15.0-62
    linux-headers-4.15.0-128          linux-headers-4.15.0-64
    linux-headers-4.15.0-129          linux-headers-4.15.0-65
    linux-headers-4.15.0-130          linux-headers-4.15.0-66
    linux-headers-4.15.0-132          linux-headers-4.15.0-69
    linux-headers-4.15.0-134          linux-headers-4.15.0-70
    linux-headers-4.15.0-135          linux-headers-4.15.0-72
    linux-headers-4.15.0-136          linux-headers-4.15.0-74
    linux-headers-4.15.0-137          linux-headers-4.15.0-76
    linux-headers-4.15.0-139          linux-headers-4.15.0-88
    linux-headers-4.15.0-140          linux-headers-4.15.0-91
    linux-headers-4.15.0-140-generic  linux-headers-4.15.0-96
    linux-headers-4.15.0-142          linux-headers-4.15.0-99
    linux-headers-4.15.0-159          rtlwifi-new-0.6

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    Re: Old linux-header source files

    The command
    Code:
    dpkg -l linux-headers*
    will show us exactly the situation and status of all the header packages installed in your system.

    As an example here's what I see.
    Code:
    dpkg -l linux-headers*
    Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
    | Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
    |/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
    ||/ Name                           Version      Architecture Description
    +++-==============================-============-============-========================================================
    un  linux-headers                  <none>       <none>       (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-3.0              <none>       <none>       (no description available)
    ii  linux-headers-5.4.0-88         5.4.0-88.99  all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 5.4.0
    ii  linux-headers-5.4.0-88-generic 5.4.0-88.99  amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 5.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
    ii  linux-headers-5.4.0-89         5.4.0-89.100 all          Header files related to Linux kernel version 5.4.0
    ii  linux-headers-5.4.0-89-generic 5.4.0-89.100 amd64        Linux kernel headers for version 5.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
    un  linux-headers-686-pae          <none>       <none>       (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-amd64            <none>       <none>       (no description available)
    ii  linux-headers-generic          5.4.0.89.93  amd64        Generic Linux kernel headers
    You can do the same for the linux-modules packages
    Code:
    dpkg -l linux-modules*
    Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
    | Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
    |/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
    ||/ Name                                 Version      Architecture Description
    +++-====================================-============-============-==============================================================
    ii  linux-modules-5.4.0-88-generic       5.4.0-88.99  amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 5.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
    ii  linux-modules-5.4.0-89-generic       5.4.0-89.100 amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 5.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
    ii  linux-modules-extra-5.4.0-88-generic 5.4.0-88.99  amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 5.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
    ii  linux-modules-extra-5.4.0-89-generic 5.4.0-89.100 amd64        Linux kernel extra modules for version 5.4.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
    ii at the beginning of a line means the package is fully installed,
    un means it is fully uninstalled including configurations, and from memory (I do not have any such packages)
    ur means the package is removed but configurations remain.
    Last edited by ajgreeny; October 26th, 2021 at 09:45 PM.

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    Re: Old linux-header source files

    Code:
    root@Laptop:~# dpkg -l linux-headers*
    Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
    | Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
    |/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
    ||/ Name                            Version              Architecture         Description
    +++-===============================-====================-====================-====================================================================
    un  linux-headers                   <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-3.0               <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.10.0-28-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-101-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-106-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-109-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-112-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-115-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-122-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-123-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-126-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-128-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-129-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-130-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-132-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-134-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-135-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-136-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-137-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-139-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-140-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-142-generi <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    ii  linux-headers-4.15.0-159        4.15.0-159.167       all                  Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.15.0
    ii  linux-headers-4.15.0-159-generi 4.15.0-159.167       amd64                Linux kernel headers for version 4.15.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
    ii  linux-headers-4.15.0-161        4.15.0-161.169       all                  Header files related to Linux kernel version 4.15.0
    ii  linux-headers-4.15.0-161-generi 4.15.0-161.169       amd64                Linux kernel headers for version 4.15.0 on 64 bit x86 SMP
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-54-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-55-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-58-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-60-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-62-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-64-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-65-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-66-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-69-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-70-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-72-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-74-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-76-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-88-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-91-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-96-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-4.15.0-99-generic <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-686-pae           <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    un  linux-headers-amd64             <none>               <none>               (no description available)
    ii  linux-headers-generic           4.15.0.161.150       amd64                Generic Linux kernel headers
    ii  linux-headers-generic-hwe-16.04 4.15.0.161.150       amd64                Generic Linux kernel headers (dummy transitional package)

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    Re: Old linux-header source files

    That's not helping much so I am baffled as to why you have all those header files still showing in /usr/src

    This what my system shows from that command.
    Code:
    ls /usr/src
    acpi-call-1.1.0/ 
    libdvd-pkg/        
    linux-headers-5.4.0-88/  
    linux-headers-5.4.0-88-generic/        
    linux-headers-5.4.0-89/  
    linux-headers-5.4.0-89-generic/        
    tp_smapi-0.43/

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