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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ I cannot free up disk space

Posted by: DustinP Sep 28 2016, 04:05 PM

I installed linux Ubuntu 14.04 (current) on my laptop about 2 years ago and never really had any problems. But about 8 months ago the message;

"The volume "boot" has only 0 bytes disk space remaining'

shows up when I turn the computer on and log in.

When I open the Ubuntu Software Center to try and remove programs I get the message;

"New software can't be installed because there is a problem with the software currently installed. Do you want to repair this problem now?"

After I click 'repair' then after i authenticate the same message keeps popping up over and over again and will not let me go any further.

"New software can't be installed because there is a problem with the software currently installed. Do you want to repair this problem now?"



I have no valuable files and would be completely fine with a reset. Is this possible or can anyone help with why I can't delete files?


Posted by: garath Sep 29 2016, 05:47 AM

In the terminal run "df -h"
It will show you your volumes

If there is /boot volume there then when you've installed it the Boot volume was separated.
this volume has the boot loader and the kernel, So every time you've updated and a new kernel was installed it added to this directory.

(Make sure to backup everything before trying this!)
So you have 3 solution:
Using apt-get (or any GUI installer) remove any of the linux-kernel packages that have the old version.

The second and more dangerous one is (try is only if the first solution not working):
As root travel to the directory and delete the oldest kernel file - It will be the one with the lowest number.
this should free some space then try the first solution again.

The last is just reinstall new version of ubuntu - it will be probably the fastest if you don't know how to handle this stuff (and all your data is backed up).

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