[xubuntu-users] Unable to upgrade xubunto

Victor Forberger vforberger at fastmail.fm
Tue May 27 13:33:48 UTC 2014

On 05/26/2014 10:44 AM, Fred Roller wrote:
> On 05/26/2014 11:26 AM, James Freer wrote:
>> On Mon, 26 May 2014, Joshua wrote:
>>> Trying to upgrade my PC from 13.04 to the latest supported xubunto
>>> version.
>>> When clicking "Install Now" in Software Updater the following message
>>> appears:
>>>     "The upgrade needs a total of 41.7 M free space on disk '/boot'.
>>> Please free at least an additional 41.7 M of disk space on '/boot'.
>>> Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former
>>> installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'."
>>> However, my PC does has enough space (and, in addition, 'sudo apt-get
>>> clean' does not seem to do anything either).
>>> Can someone offer some advice as to what to do?
>>> Thanks,
>>> Josh
>> I don't think you can upgrade over two releases... only the next one -
>> I think I am right in saying. That's the problem I reckon. Current
>> release in 14.04. Upgrading is not the recommended approach.
>> Over the last 7 years of using *buntu distros I have always burnt a
>> new release to CD/DVD and not had any problems with an installation.
>> Other than using the Xfburn which I have found very unreliable and now
>> refuse to use.
>> james
> As James pointed out you must first upgrade to 13.10 and then 14.04 if
> you want to do the upgrade route.  As for the the disk space you can see
> what your systems sees in command line with:
> sudo df -h
> Which will give you a summary of disk usage.  Handy if you post results
> here too; because sometimes the /boot will be put on a separate
> partition and that may be what is running out of space.
> Another option is, and someone correct me if I am wrong, that you may do
> a fresh install of 14.04 from cd/thumbdrive.  The install will give you
> the option to install and preserve user data.  BACKUP anything important
> before attempting .  This option may save you the 13.10 upgrade step
> mentioned above.
> - Fred
> p.s.-fyi: you can do a LTS to LTS upgrade (12.04 to 14.04) but you have
> to upgrade the interim distributions sequentially (12.10 > 13.04 > 13.10

The /boot volume is running out of space because prior kernels are
stored there and have not been deleted.

Here is what mine looks like after upgrade to 14.04 and deletion of old

:/boot$ ls
total 58086
  990 abi-3.11.0-20-generic	      174 memtest86+.bin
 1137 abi-3.13.0-24-generic	      175 memtest86+.elf
  161 config-3.11.0-20-generic	      176 memtest86+_multiboot.bin
  163 config-3.13.0-24-generic	     3234 System.map-3.11.0-20-generic
    1 grub/			     3308 System.map-3.13.0-24-generic
17868 initrd.img-3.11.0-20-generic   5526 vmlinuz-3.11.0-20-generic
19496 initrd.img-3.13.0-24-generic   5665 vmlinuz-3.13.0-24-generic
   12 lost+found/

Use the command "sudo rm [filename]" to delete old kernels in order to
free up space.  Via the above file listing, the old kernels are the
files ending in ""

The above file listing shows I only have one old kernel - the last one
for 13.10 before I upgraded to 14.04.  You probably have five or more
old kernels.  You do not need to delete all of the old kernels, and you
need to be CAREFUL that you do not delete your current kernel (the
system will not boot if you do).  Just delete enough old kernel files to
clear up some space so that new kernel files can be installed on /boot.

- Victor

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