This hits me constantly. Why is this bug present years on end and three
major Ubuntu versions? The workaround is easy enough, still for many
users it is rocket science and will break the update procedure (I two
other persons that cant fix it themselves). I.e, thus is a critical
problem. Make a test in the installation procedure and remove the oldest
unused kernel, if disk space is low, before installing the new version.
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update-initramfs should produce a more helpful error when there isn't
enough free space
Status in initramfs-tools:
Status in initramfs-tools package in Ubuntu:
Binary package hint: initramfs-tools
When generating a new initramfs there is no check for available free
space, subsequently its possible for update-initramfs to fail due to a
lack of free space. This is resulting in package installation
failures for initramfs-tools. For example:
Setting up initramfs-tools (0.98.8ubuntu3) ...
update-initramfs: deferring update (trigger activated)
Processing triggers for initramfs-tools ...
update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
gzip: stdout: No space left on device
E: mkinitramfs failure cpio 141 gzip 1
update-initramfs: failed for /boot/initrd.img-2.6.38-8-generic
dpkg: error processing initramfs-tools (--configure):
subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Remove unused kernels using computer janitor (not in repositories for
14.04 or later) or manually free space on your partition containing
the /boot file system.
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