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I'm running Linux Mint 9 from an 8G USB stick and it's nearly full with installed packages. How can I move some (but not all) packages to my internal drive?

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Have you tried to clean up apt's package cache? /var/cache/apt caches the deb-files for the packages you install, and it can get quite big. (On this machine it is 2.7GB). – Egil Apr 4 '11 at 12:18
To simply do what @Egil suggests, run apt-get clean – shellholic Apr 4 '11 at 13:00
This question is unclear. What are you trying to do, exactly? Move your root installation, setup a local apt repository, or just clean out cached packages? – Faheem Mitha Apr 4 '11 at 14:08
sorry. I was having trouble writing comments when this question was in the askubuntu forum. Thank you Egil, I will definitely do that. That will help. The reason this question is vague is because I do not know how to ask it. I want my applications to all reside on a separate drive. – Joshua Robison Apr 4 '11 at 14:24
@Joshua: If you want anyone to be notified of your mail, then stick a @user in front. If you want part of your system moved to another drive, you'll have to be a little more specific about what you are trying to do. This is usually straightforward except for the boot process. – Faheem Mitha Apr 4 '11 at 15:35

If you have another disk mounted at /mnt/another_disk, you can do this:

mkdir /mnt/another_disk/apt-cache
mv /var/cache/apt/archives/* /mnt/another_disk/apt-cache
ln -s /mnt/another_disk/apt-cache /var/cache/apt/archives

Sometimes you can try apt-get autoclean command.

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