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Re: dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/linux-image-2.6.18-5-486_2.6.18.dfsg.1-13etch6_i386.deb (--unpack):

Mathieu Malaterre wrote:
On Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 12:32 AM, Damon L. Chesser <damon@damtek.com> wrote:
Mike Bird wrote:

On Tue April 8 2008 15:11:06 Mathieu Malaterre wrote:

 Has anyone seen this issue before (*). I am running a linux debian
stable (etch).

Yes.  Wou were lucky.  Sometimes when /boot is full it silently
corrupts the initramfs without any error message.  You probably
need to make room in /boot, perhaps by deleting an old unused

 And that was my 2nd guess, but I have never had a full /boot so I can only
read the place where it errored, which was with the modules unpacking.

 you can do a df -h /boot to test.  most people put /boot on / if they are
not running raid or LVM or have some other reason to hang it alone.  If
/boot is not on it's own partition, look at a full /


 Damon L. Chesser


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What I am reading wrong:

$ df
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
                        264854    255254         0 100% /
tmpfs                    91848         0     91848   0% /lib/init/rw
udev                     10240        68     10172   1% /dev
tmpfs                    91848         0     91848   0% /dev/shm
/dev/hdb6               233335     49336    171551  23% /boot
                       9913988   3348716   6061672  36% /home
                        376197      8274    347853   3% /tmp
                       4922684   1202764   3469860  26% /usr
                       2955216    261392   2543708  10% /var

everything looks fine, right ?

$ df -h /boot
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hdb6             228M   49M  168M  23% /boot


two things:
One:  do this:  df -h /

it is just easier to read.

Two:  the first line of the report:

Filesystem               1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on

/dev/mapper/Debian-root 264854 255254 0 100% /

Shows you have used 100% of / (root)

the reason that it shows 1K-blocks 264854 but only shows 255254 used and says it is full is because 5% by default is reserved for user root.

is your /home on / or it's own partition? If it is on /, time to cut down your collection of what-ever-you-downloaded (just guessing). you could have a run-a-way log filling up your space.

time to do some detective work and find out what is filling up your / space.


Damon L. Chesser

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