Based on some recommendations I read online, on install of a new (Ubuntu) system, I made my
/boot partition separate from
/ and small in size (only around 50 MB). It makes sense to me that you would only need limited files in that partition, and the boot sequence only needs so much data initial data on boot so no need (or so goes my thinking) to make it much larger.
I was surprised as I started using my system and installing software was failing due to the following (or similar) issue:
gzip: stdout: No space left on device cpio: write error: Broken pipe E: mkinitramfs failure cpio 1 gzip 1 update-initramfs: failed for /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-18-generic with 1.
I have already seen this question and am planning on doing a reinstall with a larger
/boot partition. My questions are:
Why does the
/boot partition data get updated when I am only installing software?
obviously 50 MB is too small for my needs, so what would be a reasonable
/boot partition size?
Does it even make sense to have separate boot partition? after all it could simply use all the disk space it wants in the