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I wanted to install new themes on my Debian Lenny OS. I added the debian/sid repository to my /etc/apt/sources.list and when I added the package the dependencies were off and could not install the package. This was all fine, BUT, when aside of that package, when update manager checked the repositories for upgrades, it wanted to upgrade ALL of the packages installed from Lenny to sid. Since the sid repository contains the latest version, the update manager downloaded all the packages and saturated my root partition to the point I can't even save the /etc/apt/sources.list to remove that repository.
I would like to know what can I do to recover my root partition and get my debian to the default installation, without re-installing the OS.
I'm running Debian Lenny 5.0.2 on a Dell Vostro 1310. The computer is dual booting with Windows Vista Bussiness.
I don't know what you mean about the root partition being mounted as read-only. How can I check this? what does the command you sent do?
The system works, it boots into Gnome, you can do work on it, but it doesn't recognize the wireless card and the fonts and colors of the windows are not the same as those prior to the upgrade.
The root partition doesn't have any free space what so ever. I think this is because when it was downloading all the package upgrades it ran out of space before downloading all the packages, so it never got around to actually upgrading the packages. So they are all compressed somewhere taking up all the space in the root partition.
Also, when booting the OS, one deamon fails to start. The line that shows this reads something like:
There it is. Run a rescue disk and see if you can't delete something relatively harmless, like the contents of /tmp of the man page section at /usr/share/man. Just enough to make the system bootable. Then reboot and uninstall something like big, optional packages.
Finally, back up your data, reinstall Linux and allocate a reasonable size for the root filesystem. Nothing less than 20 GB for the root filesystem.