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October 2, 2017

Safest method to clean /boot partition

Filed under: Linux Related — Tags: , — Syed Jahanzaib / Pinochio~:) @ 11:37 AM

Today morning ,when I tried to upgrade one of remote Ubuntu kernel I received error stating that /boot partition is full.

If your /boot partition usage goes to 100% (or near about) as showed in the image below, then its a good idea to make some room in in order to perform kernel upgrade.

boot part full.JPG

Usually one of safest method is as below …

Note: in this post, I am using Ubuntu 12.4 / 32 bit version.

First check the current kernel version

uname -r

This will show you the current kernel version like below …

root@radius:~# uname -r

As we can see that its 3.13.0-112-generic, make a note of it

Now run this command for a list of installed kernels:

dpkg --list 'linux-image*'

This will show you the current & all previous versions of kernels, like below …

kernel list.JPG

just delete the old kernels (marked in red) that we dont require anymore. Use following command

sudo apt-get remove linux-image-VERSION

Replace VERSION with the version of the kernel you want to remove.

WARNING: Make sure you dont delete the current running kernel (number acquired by uname -r command)

Once you are done removing all old kernels, issue following command

sudo apt-get autoremove

And finally run this to update grub kernel list

sudo update-grub


space after removal.JPG

Syed Jahanzaib

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