Problem with full disk created when installing upgrades

Asked by D Henry on 2009-12-30

I was downloading 344 recommended upgrades to Ubuntu on my Dell mini. It went along OK until upgrade 295, which failed along with the subsequent ones, and I got a popup message "100% of the disk space on the root partition is in use." When I click on "install upgrades" or "package manager" I get message "E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem." The computer is otherwise not working properly -- a bunch of error messages too fast to read when it is booting up, then boots up to the home page very slowly.

Am new to Ubuntu and have done nothing to fix this other than turn the computer on and off a few times. And by the way, the only way to turn it off is to hold down the power button. It doesn't seem to have enough memory, or whatever, to shut down the normal way.

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Sam_ (and-sam) said : #1

> the only way to turn it off is to hold down the power button.

Please use MagicSysRq instead.
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-use-magic-system-request-keys-in-ubuntu-linux.html

Remove kernel images and clean up package cache.
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager/+question/93412
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AptGet/Howto

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