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I've encountered this with apt on ubuntu and yum on centos 7.

Coupled with many linux install guides stating "you only need a few hundred Mb for the /boot partition", this is a minor disaster. It's recoverable if you know what you're doing, but for someone who doesn't know which files in /boot can be removed by hand, it is a big problem.

Even removing old kernels, there's some sort of accretion after a several months of weekly kernel updates such that /boot will eventually get too full to install anymore updates without such a failure. Even pared down to 1 kernel.

Other than obviously making your /boot partition 500-1000Mb to give some breathing room, is there any way to prevent this?

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    This should help: askubuntu.com/a/153193/225694 Another option would be to keep /boot on your root partition rather than it's own (unless that's equally space restricted) – Elder Geek Mar 11 '17 at 23:45

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