Considering updating to Gutsy Gibbon

Caleb Marcus caleb.marcus at
Thu Nov 15 22:10:11 UTC 2007

It may be a little less dangerous to use < sudo apt-get clean > rather
than using rm.
On Thu, 2007-11-15 at 11:19 -0500, Paul S wrote:

> bill purvis said the following on 11/15/2007 10:25 AM:
> > I decided today that I would upgrade to 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon), but when I
> > started running the upgrade script it moaned that I didn't have enough
> > space in /var. I had manually allocated space when I installed 7.04
> the installer wants to download all the packages before updating any, 
> and they are all to be stored in /var/cache/apt/archives.  You may free 
> up some space by deleting any feisty packages already there (sudo rm 
> /var/cache/apt/archives/*.deb) to help some.
> > and considered that just under 1Gb was more than sufficient for my
> > envisaged use, but it seems that the upgrade process requires well over
> > 1Gb (on top of what I use) to do the upgrade. OK, I thought, I can get
> > around that - allocate a further partition, copy /var into it, tweak
> > /etc/fstab and reboot. No, running fdisk tells me there are no
> did you try "sudo gparted"?  it should show your free space in addition 
> to existing partitions.
> > free sectors on my hard drive, despite there being loads of free
> > space left when I allocated. It seems the install software only
> > allocates the amount I've asked for for the extended partition,
> > leaving the rest of the disk inaccessible. Is there any way around
> > this?
> > And by the way - what is the program used by the install process and
> > can it be used on a live system (subject to the usual proviso that
> > I don't alter any live partitions, of course)?
> It's best to do it from an unmounted hard drive via a live CD.  But, I 
> have used parted to change existing (unmounted) partitions further down 
> the disk than the one I'm running.  Obviously, trying to change anything 
> ahead of you on the disk is going to bring problems when you try to reboot.
> > 
> > Bill
>   If you kill yourself, you might recover by using the liveCD to access 
> your dead files.
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