Updater can't update kernel due to disk space

Alan Pope alan.pope at canonical.com
Wed Jan 14 21:39:47 UTC 2015

On 14 January 2015 at 16:49, Chris Knutson
<christopher.knutson at gmail.com> wrote:
> This is not a support request. I have no problem cleaning up my system.
> My mother should never have to do this if she wants to run Ubuntu.


The default installation on a Dell XPS 13 (a flagship device we
promote) has a separate /boot partition which runs out of space once
you have used it normally for some months. I have a few friends who
own them and I've personally "fixed" it for them more than once. The
error messages aren't clear, and don't advise what to do in this
situation, it requires a technical 'expert' to resolve.

It's also the case if you choose the default partitioning scheme with
encrypted disk. So it's not a niche corner case (in so much as
installing Ubuntu or buying an Ubuntu machine is niche already) but a
common enough problem that we should fix properly and not work around
with arcane command line tools.

Alan Pope
Community Manager

Canonical - Product Strategy
+44 (0) 7973 620 164
alan.pope at canonical.com

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