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Old 06-20-2009, 07:29 AM   #1
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Increasing Partition Size


I am running Ubuntu 9.24 and Mandriva on a PC. When I try to update the Ubuntu I get the following message:

The upgrade needs a total of 290M free space on disk '/'. Please free at least an additional 203M of disk space on '/'. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'.

I have been unable to free up any space. Can I increase the size of '/', if so how do I do it?
Thanks
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Old 06-20-2009, 08:21 AM   #2
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use partition editor from the live cd.
it is on system=>administration=>partition editor.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 10:22 AM   #3
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use partition editor from the live cd.
it is on system=>administration=>partition editor.
Thanks for that but I was unable to increase the size of the partition.
I have reloaded Ubuntu 9.04 (sorry about the mis-type in my original question)after freeing up some space however it has still installed in a partition of 2.33 GiB and immediately tells me I can't update because there is no space.

I have a 60GiB hard Drive with Mandriva and Ubuntu installed.
The partitions are like this:
/dev/sda1 ext3 7,81 GiB Boot
/dev/sda2 Extended 48.09 GiB
/dev/sda:linux swap 3.9 GiB
/dev/sda ext3 41.7 GiB
/dev/sda ext3 2.33 GiB
/dev/sad:linux swap 172.54 MiB

What do I have to do to make more space for the Ubuntu installation?

Brian
 
Old 06-21-2009, 10:51 AM   #4
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Your partition listing is missing some details (eg several entries are "sda" when they should be sda3 sda4, etc. Please post the output of "fdisk -l" ("ell", not "1"---run this as root)

You may need to re-size some other partitions to make room.
 
Old 06-21-2009, 12:48 PM   #5
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Your partition listing is missing some details (eg several entries are "sda" when they should be sda3 sda4, etc. Please post the output of "fdisk -l" ("ell", not "1"---run this as root)

You may need to re-size some other partitions to make room.
Sorry, I missed off the numbers:

The partitions are like this:
/dev/sda1 ext3 7.81 GiB Used 3.3 GiB Boot
/dev/sda2 Extended 48.09 GiB Used 48.09 GiB
/dev/sda5:linuxswap 3.9 GiB
/dev/sda6 ext3 41.7 GiB Used 326.56MiB
/dev/sda7 ext3 2.33 GiB Used 2.06 GiB
/dev/sda8:linuxswap 172.54 MiB

Brian
 
Old 06-21-2009, 11:07 PM   #6
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You need to download the gparted live cd and boot from it, as you will probably not be able to unmount it after booting from linux. I had exactly the same problem today, apparently I misunderstood the formatting slider bar, and ended up with a 2.33gb partition on my linux install.
 
Old 06-22-2009, 11:27 AM   #7
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You need to download the gparted live cd and boot from it, as you will probably not be able to unmount it after booting from linux. I had exactly the same problem today, apparently I misunderstood the formatting slider bar, and ended up with a 2.33gb partition on my linux install.
Thanks very much. That sorted the problem; I was able to shrink SDA6 and increase SDA7.
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