Removing old kernels that are not actually installed

William Scott Lockwood III vladinator at
Thu Apr 26 21:32:57 UTC 2012

On Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 4:21 PM, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:
> On 04/26/2012 02:00 AM, Colin Law wrote:
>> I know how to remove old kernels by finding them in synaptic an
>> uninstalling them but I have a machine that has been through numerous
>> upgrades over the years and seems to have ended up with a number of
>> kernels in /boot that are found by update-grub but according to
>> synaptic are not installed.  For example:
>> ~$ ls /boot/*2.6.27*
>> /boot/abi-2.6.27-11-generic         /boot/
>> /boot/config-2.6.27-11-generic      /boot/vmcoreinfo-2.6.27-11-generic
>> /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-11-generic  /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-generic
>> Can I just remove all these files?
>> Colin
> Yes - as long as you are no longer using 2.6.27-*

The proper way to remove them is better of course - use apt-get or
aptitude to remove the packages that installed them.

Hint: dpkg -l | grep linux

W. Scott Lockwood

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