Upgrading my xUbuntu OS (14.04 LTS), I sometimes have the following error message:
The upgrade needs a total of XXX M free space on disk "/boot". Please free at least an additional YYY M of disk space on "/boot". Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'.
In my case, I am using LVM (Logical Volume Manager (click here for further informations and the directory
/boot is mounted from a separate partition with a fixed limited size. The total free space available on this volume can be exceeded when too many versions of the linux kernel have been installed on the computer. Solving this issue is however very simple and only requires to remove the oldest kernels.
- first go the the directory
/bootand check which version of the linux kernel have been installed (
cd /bootand thenls). You should have something similar to this image:(well, maybe in your case, the colors are a bit less dreadful), which says that you can safely remove version
3.13.0-54of the linux kernel at least.
- second, you have to find which version of the kernel you are using, which depends on your computer. This is obtained with
In my case, the answer is:
Linux NAME 3.13.0-57-generic #95-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jun 19 09:28:15 UTC 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
The version of the kernel that I am using is thus the
- finally, just remove the oldest linux image and header packages with:
sudo apt-get remove --purge linux-image-3.13.0-54-generic linux-image-3.13.0-53-generic linux-headers-3.13.0-53-generic linux-headers-3.13.0-54-generic sudo apt-get clean
And that’s it! Be careful not to remove all linux images and kernels though: you would not be able to reboot your computer…!! This issue will be adressed in my next post 😉