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Old 05-02-2012, 07:04 AM   #1
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Fedora preupgrade - boot partition too small

Fedora preupgrade - boot partition too small

My attempt to upgrade Fedora 14 to 16 fails - not enough space in boot partition.

I got onboard Fedora at Fedora 12. Being new to the Fedora scene, and trusting in the fairness and wisdom of my fellow man, I took the defaults. I got two partitions - a 194MB boot partition and a rest of the disk for everything else partition - and the LVM virtual disk system.

In retrospect I wish it had given me more flexibility and the old fashoned unix file system.

I later came across "The Perfect Desktop" at and spent days installing all this stuff. I also installed a lot of programming stuff like Eclipse.

It would be nice if I could shrink the big partition, move it back making space for a larger boot partition and expand the boot partition.

There was a utility - Partition Magic - that solved things like this in the Microsoft world. I have a copy somewhere but I doubt that it works on the newer partition types.

Does the following make sense? Install Fedora 16 on a separate drive, with separate partitions for a number of things /, /home, swap, etc - per current Fedora documentation. Leave both the new and old disk connected, with the bios set to boot to the new drive (but with F11 I can boot as I choose).After it works, change the mount point for /home to /home on my old drive. Install my most frequently used packages on the new drive and boot the old drive when I want to use one of the less used packages. That way both systems share the same /home material, I have access to all my installed packages but don’t need to spend the considerable time needed to install them all.

Or alternatively - does someone know how to clone the old drive while increasing the size of the boot partition. I could clone to a larger disk that way. Right now Im on a 40 GB, could clone to a 60GB if I could simultantously expand the boot partition. eg. use parted (or whatever) to create on a larger drive a larger boot partition and a rest of the drive partition. use DD(or whatever) to populate them. Or sometihng along those lines.

Hope someone can share some wisdom


Yes I have a abckup - I'm working with a clonezilla copy.

Last edited by rmknox; 05-02-2012 at 07:18 AM. Reason: MB s/b GB
Old 05-02-2012, 10:18 AM   #2
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resize /boot with parted magic /system rescue cd
better still
do a backup of /home
redo partitions ....LVM is dangerous and meaningless if you have one disk only in use
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Old 05-02-2012, 11:06 AM   #3
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amani - thanks, ill look at parted magic - sounds like it is exactly what i need

regarding LVM and one partition - I am disappointed that the people who selected the default options for fedora 12 gave me these defaults - which to me appear terrible. The purpose of defaults is to let the iuninformed do the reasonable thing under the conditions. this set of options is certainly not the reasoanble thing.

thanks so much



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