When I try to install new programs, I'm having this error:

You don't have enough free space in /var/cache/apt/archives/

How can I increase space in the folder?

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Run apt autoclean: this will remove archives you no longer need. If that’s not sufficient, apt clean will remove all the archives; if necessary, they will be downloaded again in the future.

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    can't i increase the folder size? Sep 7, 2020 at 14:53
  • That's not how it works. Directories don't have their own size limits. The error actually means the filesystem the directory resides in doesn't have enough space left. It's like a room in a house: if you fill it up to where there's no space left to put more stuff in, you can't make the room (or a box in the room) bigger; you can only take stuff out. (Note: yes, there are setups where you actually can allocate more space to certain filesystems, but that most likely doesn't apply here.)
    – ddawson
    Jul 18, 2021 at 13:06


apt autoclean 


apt clean 

do not help you can just upgrade the packages one after another with:

apt install <packagename> --fix-missing

You have to do it for at least some packages from the list provided by apt upgrade.

After some packages are upgraded try again with:

apt clean
apt upgrade

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