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I am also having this same issue. Have found several sites that are recommending sudo apt-get clean, dumping tmp files, etc. None of these things are working, for me or for anyone else apparently.
I installed Ubuntu 9.04 of an brand new 500GB hard drive yesterday and let the partition configurator on the install disc decide what partitions it wanted to make. From what I can tell, it created a system partition of 2.3GB and proceeded to fill it with the base installation of 2.2GB of system.
Message: Not enough free disk space
The upgrade needs a total of 483M free space on disk '/'. Please free at least an additional 438M of disk space on '/'. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'.
So after one day I'm getting the unable to update message and my system drive is full. Even tho there is 450+ GB on a partition right next to it.
Is there a way to increase the size of the partition now, without having to start over? Why didn't it partition at least 4GB, since that is what is recommended?
...I installed Ubuntu 9.04 of an brand new 500GB hard drive yesterday and let the partition configurator on the install disc decide what partitions it wanted to make. From what I can tell, it created a system partition of 2.3GB and proceeded to fill it with the base installation of 2.2GB of system.
... Why didn't it partition at least 4GB, since that is what is recommended?
Although you could not know, that was your mistake. The default partitioning scheme in Ubuntu is totally braindead. I suggest you re-install and allocate around 20GB for the root partition, create a swap of about 2x your memory with a max of 1 or 2GB (if it's a laptop, allocate 2x your memory) and allocate the rest for your home partition.
Alternative is to download gparted liveCD, burn it and use that to resize.