Unable to Upgrade from Karmic Koala to Lucid Lynx

Asked by Tom Steidel on 2010-05-16

Every time I attempt to upgrade from Karmic Koala (9.10) to Lucid Lynx (10.04 LTS), the upgrade aborts with an error message indicating that my \boot area is too small to permit upgrade (9 MB too small), and that I should empty my trash and run "sudo get-apt clean." I have done both to no avail. I want to upgrade, but I'm stumped. Can anyone help me through this problem?

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Cristi Nistor (cristi-nistor) said : #1

You can use the Computer Janitor application which can be find under System --> Administration to remove unnecessary packages (libraries, kernel images etc) to free some space on your OS partition. A list will be displayed and you have the option to un-check for cleaning some packages if you consider you might need them in the near future. But, most of them are old and useless.

Good luck.

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #2

Kernel images aren't removed automatically when a new one is installed, so by the time they can take lots of space. Reason is, if a newer one fails you can boot with another one.
In addition to suggestion from Cristi, you can also take a look in Synaptic, search for 'linux-image' and remove those (right click -> remove completely), but of course not the one you currently boot with, keep at least another one in case to boot it.

Tom Steidel (tsteidel) said : #3

Hi Cristi and Sam,

I have already used Computer Janitor, and there is nothing more to remove using this utility. I looked at the Kernel images using Synaptic, searching for 'linux-image' and there are a bunch of those. A small number have the check-box shaded in green, and these are the only ones that Synaptic will allow me to remove. The others (vast majority of those found in the search) do NOT have green-shaded check-boxes, and I am NOT given the option to remove them.

Before I pull the trigger here, I have checked all but the latest version of the linux images I can remove, for removal. Dare I proceed? Sam and Cristi, I await your reply.

Most of all, THANKS!!!


zvacet (ivicakolic) said : #4

It is normal that you can not remove witch is not installed.So only linux-image with green box are one you can remove,because green means they are installed.If your latest kernel work fine remove all other with lower last number and after that try to upgrade.

Sam_ (and-sam) said : #5

Ok, when you're uncertain let us see which kernel images are installed.
Please close Synaptic and open CLI:
dpkg -l linux-image* | grep ii

Tom Steidel (tsteidel) said : #6

Sorry, Sam, but you're talking to a linux-challenged newbie. Are you asking me to enter the terminal mode when you say "Open CLI:?" I've removed all but the two latest linux kernel images using Synaptic, as you suggested, just in case the very latest doesn't boot. I tried to download AGAIN, but my download speed is too slow during daylight hours (Verizon DSL) to get through the whole download sequence. Would you believe 953B/s?!? I'll try late tonight on the download again, and announce my results then. If you have any more suggestions, PLEASE don't hesitate to say on...just remember you're talking to a relative idiot where it comes to Ubuntu Linux.

Tom Steidel (tsteidel) said : #7

...and zvacet, thanks for joining in. Please read my response to Sam; I've deleted all but the latest TWO kernel images, just in case. With a 1KB/sec download through Verizon DSL during daylight hours, I have no choice but to wait until late tonight to try again.

Best Sam_ (and-sam) said : #8

Ok, keeping the last two is fine. Being a newbie is essential info, thanks.
So yep, open CLI means: please open a terminal window
applications -> accessories -> terminal

Regarding upgrade to Lucid I hope you've read release notes
and known issues.

Tom Steidel (tsteidel) said : #9

Hi Sam, zvacet and Cristi,
Thanks for all of your help! You've answered every question I've had. Unfortunately, my problem now is with a network connection that is so pathetic that it will take an estimated 6 days to download the 1400+ files needed to upgrade from Karmic to Lucid LTS. This, of course, is ridiculous, so I'm going to order the upgrade CD/DVD, but will probably wait a little longer until some of the known issues are successfully addressed. I'll close this as "Problem Solved" with my sincere gratitude to those few of you who answered my call, especially Sam.

Tom Steidel (tsteidel) said : #10

Thanks Sam, that solved my question.