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Re: making more room in root partition for distribution upgrade





On Thu, 17 May 2018, Mark Copper wrote:

> There was a day when a 10 gb partition seemed like plenty of space to leave
> for the system but now it's not. An upgrade to Stretch appears to need more.
> 
> ~# fdisk -l
> 
> Disk /dev/sda: 149.1 GiB, 160041885696 bytes, 312581808 sectors
> Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
> Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
> I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
> Disklabel type: dos
> Disk identifier: 0x0007c9ed
> 
> Device     Boot    Start       End   Sectors   Size Id Type
> /dev/sda1  *        2048  19531775  19529728   9.3G 83 Linux
> /dev/sda2       19533822 312580095 293046274 139.8G  5 Extended
> /dev/sda5       19533824  27578367   8044544   3.9G 82 Linux swap / Solaris
> /dev/sda6       27580416 312580095 284999680 135.9G 83 Linux
> 
> $ cat /etc/fstab
> # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
> #
> # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
> # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
> # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
> #
> # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
> proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
> # / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
> UUID=f2959403-fb9c-4e56-adbf-e5b7c1f63dd8 /               ext3
> errors=remount-ro 0       1
> # /home was on /dev/sda6 during installation
> UUID=274b606c-c556-47cb-8db3-2733b7adac3f /home           ext3
> defaults        0       2
> # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
> UUID=5642269c-ada4-4466-a516-4a2360ee0ec1 none            swap
> sw              0       0
> 
> 
> This must be a FAQ. But there appear to be two ways forward.
> 
> 1. Back-up /home, enlarge / partition, copy back-up back to new, smaller
> /home partition (because /home will then start on a different cylinder so
> data will be lost).
> 
> or
> 
> 2. Carve out a new partition for /usr at end of disk which will free up
> over 6 gb.
> 
> What have other people done?
> 
> Thanks.
> 

release notes on upgrading have some info about disk space.  It's maybe 
/var/cache/apt/archives taking up all your space?  I use 30 gb partitions 
usually and they very rarely get over 8-10 gigs.

https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/release-notes/ch-upgrading.en.html#sufficient-space

good luck!