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Old 05-30-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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/boot out of space


I run an Ubuntu 12.04 server at home. I installed it using the default partitioning scheme when I installed it.

Ok, I regularly update it using apt-get to try to stay on top of patches etc. I have found that I now have about 10-12 versions of the intifs etc in /boot and it is out of space!

Can I simply delete the older ones, or do I need to modify GRUB as well? If so, how? The usual file is full of dire warnings about modifying it!

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can you show us exactly what is in your /boot? Eg, the output of:
ls -lh /boot
Old 05-31-2013, 11:52 AM   #3
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Thanks for getting back to me.

I actually did a LOT of Googling and asking around and eventually stumbled upon this blog: which seems to have achieved what I need! I now have 34% free in /boot.

One thing I noticed was that a number of people were saying that /boot does not need to be a separate partition, yet this is how Ubuntu sets itself up by default...
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/boot doesn't have to be in a separate partition unless one of a few issues are true.
One is you or default install does it that way.
Two is that some computers can't find /boot if it isn't on it's own partition. Usually due to bios or hard drive issue.
Some issues like raid or zfs or odd cards or filesystems might force it.

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