excessive /boot entries

Jonas Norlander jonorland at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 08:42:06 UTC 2009

On Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 10:23 AM, Lisi Reisz <lisi.reisz at gmail.com> wrote:
> This being someone else's computer I don't want to "suck it and see", which is
> probably what I would do on one of my own computers.
> So:  Last time I had this computer to work on (about a fortnight ago) I edited
> the overlong menu.lst to reduce the very large number of kernel options to a
> manageable number.
> Now, two weeks later, the list is again enormously long.
> On investigation I found that there are about 60 kernels in /boot(1), from
> which I imagine that menu.lst has retrieved its very long list.  Can I safely
> remove most of the entries in /boot (rm foo), and then edit menu.lst, and if
> so, which do I need to keep.  Not only are there more kernels than seem
> necessary (or desirable!), but each seems to have too many options.
> So:  Which entries should I keep?

I would not remove any files from /boot by hand. Use your package
manager (Adapt, Synaptic, Aptitude or whatever you use) to remove the
kernels thats not needed. The entries in menu.lst will removed with
the kernel.

Is this a desktop? Then i would remove all but the generic kernel and
also all but the latest kernel version.

/ Jonas

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