Insufficient boot space on Ubuntu

When installing the latest batch of updates to Ubuntu 10.04 I hit a problem, I ran out of space on my /boot partition. A dialog popped up warning of low space on /boot. Then the install of updates failed because the new kernel couldn’t be completed.

The solution was remarkably simple, I post it here in the hope it might help others. Firstly, I removed the oldest kernel I had installed. I opened Synaptic (System > Administration) and then searched for my current kernel version (2.6.32). I saw I had 4 kernels installed. I then searched for 2.6.32-21, the oldest kernel. I marked these packages for complete removal:

  • linux-headers-2.6.32-21
  • linux-headers-2.6.32-21-generic
  • linux-image-2.6.32-21-generic

Then I removed those and to finish, I marked for re-installation the same packages but the -24 version (the latest kernel that failed to install). Now all is happy once again. 🙂

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