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Old 10-31-2002, 06:18 AM   #1
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Question How do I safely remove old kernels?

I have a bunch of older kernels on my system now and I'm using the latest according to redhat 8's up2date applet. My question is how do I get rid of these older kernels? I know how to remove the entries in GRUB, but I'm interested in freeing up some disk space. Will I be saving a lot of space if I delete an older kernel?
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If you installed the kernels from source just delete the image in /boot, the ramdisk image (if any) and the according (if any), then delete the modules /lib/modules-kernelversion and the kernel source in /usr/src/linux-kernelversion

But make sure you don't delete things of your actual kernel
Old 10-31-2002, 06:32 AM   #3
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If you've removed the entries from your grub conf then you can safely delete the kernel images, you won't save a huge amount of space though, kernel images are usually small enough to fit on a floppy, where you can free up some space is by deleting the kernel modules that belong to the old kernels, have a look in /lib/modules/<old-kernel-versions>
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thanks for the help.
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Someone correct me if I am wrong, but you probably should use the "rpm -e" method so that the rpm database doesn't get all fouled up. That is assuming that you are installing the new kernels with a "rpm -i" option.



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