[olug] Insufficient space on /boot to upgrade F13-F14

George De Bruin sndchaser at gmail.com
Sat May 28 05:55:31 UTC 2011

Something is definitely not right...  Have you looked at the lost+found
directory and made sure there isn't anything in it?

Compressed kernel images should only take 20-25 Meg *total*.  For example:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 104K Mar  7 18:18 config-2.6.32-5-amd64
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4.0K Mar 22 23:49 grub
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  16M Mar 22 23:50 initrd.img-2.6.32-5-amd64
drwx------ 2 root root  16K Mar  5 19:07 lost+found
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1.6M Mar  7 18:18 System.map-2.6.32-5-amd64
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2.4M Mar  7 18:12 vmlinuz-2.6.32-5-amd64

Do you have un-compressed kernel images?  Is there a bunch of junk in the
/boot/grub that shouldn't be there?

Failing those two things - I'd umount /boot and run an fsck on it.  I
suspect there are a bunch of inodes that need to be freed up or something.

While gparted might allow you to move the partitions around a bit, it's
probably going to take a *long* time to do it (each partition in this case
would need to physically move), and can only be done if the sda2 and sda3
partitions will end up on a proper cylinder / sector boundary (I forget
where the boundaries are exactly).


On Fri, May 27, 2011 at 10:27 PM, Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com> wrote:

> I'm currently running F13 on a Dell XPS 1210 laptop with a ~80GB drive
> partitioned as follows:
> Device    Boot Start  End   Blocks Id System
> /dev/sda1    *     1   33   265041 83 Linux (/boot, ext3)
> /dev/sda2         34 9285 74316690 83 Linux (/ - encrypted ext3)
> /dev/sda3       9286 9546 2096482+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
> # df -m
> Filesystem           1M-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
> /dev/mapper/luks-1c640d61-ab9a-4fcc-8251-c1c7584f2b11
>                         71436     15171     55541  22% /
> /dev/sda1                  251        45       193  19% /boot
> Only the actively running kernel is installed in /boot.  When I try to
> upgrade from F13 to F14 using the package update GUI, it complains that
> there is insufficient space in /boot, and refuses to go on.  Before the
> attempted upgrade, only 13% was in use.  I've since added a kernel
> upgraded within F13.  There isn't anything left for me to delete to
> free up more space. It seems silly for the upgrade to require
> dramatically more space in /boot than does general day-to-day
> operation. Isn't there any way I can tell it to use /tmp or /var for
> its scratch space?
> Is there any way to get around this using my current partitioning?
> If not, is there any way I can steal another 256MB from swap (sda3) and
> add it to /boot (sda1), even though an encrypted partition (/, sda2)
> sits between them on the disk?
> --
> Ben "Obi-Wan" Hollingsworth                             obiwan at jedi.com
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