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Are all these upgrading issues related to partitionsize?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 2:41 am
by Spinky
Can someone tell me if all these upgrading problems are related to partitionsize?

+ Running 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' ...
dpkg: unrecoverable fatal error, abortion:
could not fill out /var/lib/dpkg/updates/tmp.i: The device is full

+ Running 'sudo apt-get install -fyq' ...
Reading package lists ...
E: Write error - write (28: Device is full)
E: In / out when storing source cache
E: The package list or status file could not be interpreted or opened.

+ An issue was detected during the upgrade, running dist-upgrade in manual mode.

Re: Are all these upgrading issues related to partitionsize?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:23 am
by RIH
Well, in a way they are as it is saying that the disk is full, so I guess, from that, you could say that the Partition size is too small. :D

What does Disks, or Gparted show you.

If you have a separate / & home partition & the root partition is about 35GB then probably something (timeshift or maybe old kernels) are filling space that should be sufficient..

Re: Are all these upgrading issues related to partitionsize?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 9:16 am
by andersbrontosaurush
Thanks. I thought so. The partition is only 12GB. I wish I could post a screenshot but after issuing timeshift the screen is black. However, I will need to resize partition. There is only space in front of, but not behind the partition and gparted refused to resize. Would it work out of I did it without being mounted? From rescue cd for instance?

Re: Are all these upgrading issues related to partitionsize?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 11:08 am
by Moem
It probably would. I suggest that you boot the machine into a live Mint system (such as the one on your installation DVD or USB drive), open GParted, and show us a screenshot of what it looks like.

Re: Are all these upgrading issues related to partitionsize?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:02 pm
by andersbrontosaurush
turned out to be more difficulöt than I thought...
Hope this helps as a start...

Re: Are all these upgrading issues related to partitionsize?

Posted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 5:05 pm
by Moem
Well, that's useful for sure. Seems to me your / is too small. But since there is a good chunk of unallocated space right next to it, it should be possible to expand that partition to the left.

Re: Are all these upgrading issues related to partitionsize?

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 12:36 pm
by andersbrontosaurush
Will try. Not sure how though. Opened a new thread here: viewtopic.php?f=246&t=296926

Re: Are all these upgrading issues related to partitionsize?

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:31 pm
by axisofevil
I'm almost certain that your problems are down to timeshift taking up considerable space on your / partition.
You can check this with

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sudo timeshift --list
This will show something like
~ $ sudo timeshift --list
Device : /dev/sda?
[...]
8 snapshots, 24.3 GB free
If you create a separate partition for timeshift and format it as ext4 then you can use this - its a bit weird putting a backup into / by default isn't it?
Go into the GUI to choose the newly created partition:-Image
Also, you may want to alter the number of backups taken by timeshift:-Image
All sizes, numbers etc are merely suggestions.
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Re: Are all these upgrading issues related to partitionsize?

Posted: Sat Jun 29, 2019 6:34 pm
by andersbrontosaurush
axisofevil wrote:
Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:31 pm
I'm almost certain that your problems are down to timeshift taking up considerable space on your / partition.
You can check this with

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sudo timeshift --list
My rootpartition was to small to fit a backup from timeshift from the start so it's actually stored in the homepartition.
I used my oldest backup (4 days old) when I reverted. Could it be possible to run a newer timeshift setpoint from recovery mode?