updates not installing, how to increase partition size

Asked by andrewm09 on 2009-07-04

When Ubuntu starts up it opens the updates manager and shows a whole list of updates. When I click "install updates" to install them it says that there is not enough disk space to accommodate the updates. I am running Ubuntu on a new 500GB hard drive and the hard drive in my computer still has 40GB left so I know there is the required 350MB of space it needs to update. Anybody know why this would be doing this? I am thinking it might be because it partitioned my hard drive to install Ubuntu and it just didn't partition enough. If this is the case how could I add more space to the partition?

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Best Nicola S. (strambinico) said : #1

Hi! I'd say that first you can open the partition editor in System -> Administration, or type "sudo gparted" in a terminal and give your password. it'll open the partition editor. from here you can see how much space you gave to the ubuntu partition and if it is actually that the problem, here is how you can modify your partition:
boot your computer with a Live-cd of ubuntu (if you still have the one you used to install it that's perfect)
from here you can access in the same way to the partition editor and you can modify all the partition.
just select the ubuntu one, press on the arrow above (redimension-move) and give it more space. then apply the changes and reboot normally.
if that is not the problem, try updating not from the update manager, but from the packet manager: open it, press update, then mark all updates, and apply changes, and see if you can do it from there. It happened to me one time that there was a conflict between packages and doing it everything went to its place.
hope it helps, sorry if some button name is not correct, i don't have the english one so I wrote what I think are the names of the actions, anyway while you do it I think you'll see what I mean.

andrewm09 (andrewm7700) said : #2

Thanks Nicola S., that solved my question.