Recently I made a fresh install of Ubuntu 15.10 on my laptop after erasing everything. I have got notification from update manager to update my system. But I am getting the below error which says the size of '/boot' partition needs to be increased.

The upgrade needs a total of 90.1 M free space on disk '/boot'. Please free at least an additional 2,999 k of disk space on '/boot'. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'.

Now please suggest me ways on how to increase the size of '/boot' partition. See it's on primary partition as shown in the screen shot below. enter image description here

Is it a method that I reduce '/home' with say 300 MB and mount this new partition on a directory under '/boot'? Will it work? No I don't think so because while installing at the time of updating via software updater, the system can install anywhere and at many places under /boot. Isn't it? So, it shouldn't work. Also, I wouldn't prefer mounting on '/boot' any partition from extended partition. As my '/boot' is on primary parition, I would prefer it to be completely on primary partition.

Now the only way striking my mind is to shrink the adjacent partition i.e. '/' (root partition) from the start point of the partition and add it in '/boot'. For that I have to boot using live usb drive. So, as my system has separate '/boot' and '/' partitions, so I think shrinking the root partition from the start point may not create any problem while rebooting! What you say please?

  • Commenting rather than providing an answer because this can help but does not answer the actual question - usually, a "sudo apt-get autoremove" will remove older versions of the kernel and related files in /boot, freeing up the space you need without having to expand the partition. Hope this helps!
    – static
    Commented Aug 1, 2019 at 18:56

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The easiest to do would be to boot a gparted Live CD/DVD/USB, shrink the / partition by 800MB, move it to the right and then extend the /boot to 1 GB total.

Furthermore, there are reasons to have a separate /boot partition but looking at the kind of questions you're asking, next time you re-install, make the /boot, /tmp and /var part of your /. This will allow less hassle and you won't run out of disk space on important directories... ;-)

  • Won't there be any problem while booting as 1st sector of root partition is moved?
    – Ravi
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 9:42
  • No, the /boot partition is extended: not moved. The / partition is moved. And neither of these affect the MBR anyway (Which I assume you're using as I can't see an EFI partition.)
    – Fabby
    Commented Dec 6, 2015 at 14:25
  • Great Fabby, my system has successfully rebooted & working properly.
    – Ravi
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 11:31
  • @Ravi: thank you and favour returned: Q upvoted!
    – Fabby
    Commented Dec 7, 2015 at 21:51

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