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I was checking out some directories I don't usually access in my Debian system and came across the /boot directory. When I go to this dir, I can see: screenshot.
login as: carlos
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Linux stricom 2.6.14-2-k7 #1 Sat Nov 26 14:04:05 UTC 2005 i686 GNU/Linux
Welcome to the Stricom Linux server. All actions | commands | history is monitored by the linux administrator.
Last login: Wed Nov 30 12:07:04 2005 from .mil
carlos@stricom:~$ cd /boot/
config-2.6.14-2-k7 initrd.img-2.6.14-2-k7 System.map-2.6.8-2-386
config-2.6.8-2-386 initrd.img-2.6.8-2-386 vmlinuz-2.6.14-2-k7
grub System.map-2.6.14-2-k7 vmlinuz-2.6.8-2-386
My question is wondering if I am able to clean some of this up? The new kernel I downloaded and installed 2.6.14-2-k7 is fine. What can I remove from this /boot/ dir?
Last edited by carlosinfl; 11-30-2005 at 12:09 PM.
You could remove your old 2.6.8 kernel files if you won't ever be using these again. You'll probably only save 6-7Mb however. If you delete the old kernel you might want to go to your grub subdirectory, edit menu.lst, and remove the sections that point to the removed kernel as well. Won't hurt to leave the old grub references in place, but they won't work after you remove the kernel so some cleanup would be good.
Originally posted by dastrike ...It will remove anything related to the old kernel...
Now this seems so obvious I can't believe I've been manually doing things in the past! Does the apt-get command also remove stuff under /lib/modules etc? From your description, this sounds like what will happen. I would have to admit - much simpler and better than manual removal!
Yes. All the files provided by the package (except certain configuration files) will be removed when you remove the package with apt-get (or dpkg). Using the --purge option removes even any configuration files provided with the package.
To see a list of the files provided with a certain package, execute
dpkg -L packagename
If you want to find out what package a certain file belongs to, execute
I would consider removing the entry from GRUB if it bothers you, but unless you're running low on space in a /boot partition (assuming it is in its own partition), is there really a good reason to remove the stable kernel? Seems to me that in this case "cleaning up" means cutting off a branch you might later want to stand on.