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apt-get upgrade problem on Jessie




On my Jessie system, for something like the last 2 to 3 months, I've been getting an error like the following whenever I do an apt-get update / apt-get upgrade cycle.

I've been ignoring it, hoping it would go away with some future update, but so far it hasn't.

The (edited) error message is shown below.  Suggestions?  I'm a little afraid to reboot the machine at this point.

The real issue (afaict) is the:
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Errors were encountered while processing:
 linux-image-3.16.0-7-amd64
 linux-image-amd64
 initramfs-tools
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I see two sort of possibilities from reading the errors the first doesn't seem possible -- I'm out of space on stdout??

And, if it has to do with those missing drivers / firmware, why did this only start happening 2 or 3 months ago.  I don't even know if I have any hardware that needs those drivers -- let me see, I guess I can do an lsmod ...

Ok, it looks like I have the r8169 as I see this:

r8169                  68066  0

Are these missing drivers the proprietary ones?  (AFAIR, when I did the install, I did not install or attempt to install proprietary drivers, although that may have been 4 years ago.

Is that the problem?  If so, what do I do about it?


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root@s31:~# apt-get upgrade              
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree      
Reading state information... Done
Calculating upgrade... Done

.... <I deleted a bunch of lines that either didn't appear relevant or are duplicates of most of those below -- the sequence of "Possible missing firmware" messages is repeated 3 times, once for each of  linux-image-3.16.0-7-amd64,  linux-image-amd64, and  initramfs-tools>

Setting up poppler-utils (0.26.5-2+deb8u7) ...
Setting up sndfile-programs (1.0.25-9.1+deb8u2) ...
Processing triggers for initramfs-tools (0.120+deb8u3) ...
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-6-amd64
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168g-3.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168g-2.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8106e-2.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8106e-1.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8411-2.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8411-1.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8402-1.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168f-2.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8105e-1.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168e-3.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168e-2.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168e-1.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168d-2.fw for module r8169
W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/rtl_nic/rtl8168d-1.fw for module r8169

gzip: stdout: No space left on device
E: mkinitramfs failure cpio 141 gzip 1
update-initramfs: failed for /boot/initrd.img-3.16.0-6-amd64 with 1.
dpkg: error processing package initramfs-tools (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.19-18+deb8u10) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 linux-image-3.16.0-7-amd64
 linux-image-amd64
 initramfs-tools
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
root@s31:~#
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