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how to free up 253 megs?

asked 2013-06-28 18:08:27 -0500

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Linux infant here, advancing through crawl now after rolling around crying for awhile--just trying to set up my first desktop.

Fresh fedora 18 install on a 75 gig drive, partitions are set up as 5 gig swap, 5 gig root (was suggested to go with 4-8 for root) and the rest as home. Can't install wine due to insufficient space on root, and thats where the 253 megs comes from.

What I've done since installing: Kernal update and reboot

Installed for nvidia drivers the following: yum install kmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs

(yes kmod, akmod didn't work for me and I don't write my own kernal anyway so I'll just deal with reinstalling after updates)

Installed adobe reader

Installed vlc media

And thats it. Wine was too big. Oh, I removed the old kernal when I saw that both were still in there, rebooted, and it didn't help.

Suggestions? Oh, if this helps heres some output requested from another forum before anyone can ask: These commands were run after entering the root password

Ok I dont have karma to post links, can I even post the question?

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If you are hitting this right away, with a fresh installation, you will be battling this until you make your root partition larger. Also, the akmod just fills the gap for when a kmod hasn't been built for a new kernel; it has nothing to do with compiling your own kernel. You don't have to manually reinstall the kmod after kernel updates.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2013-07-02 23:01:18 -0500 )edit

To expand a little bit, akmod-nvidia checks at boot if there's a kmod-nvidia that matches the running kernel. If so, it does nothing. If not, it creates one on the fly, with no user intervention needed. That, of course, takes a little time, but not much and it only happens on the first reboot after a kernel update. Most of the time, it's not needed because the new kernel and the new kmod are released together, but occasionally there's a delay. As I wrote before, if you get a new kernel, but no kmod-nvidia, just don't try booting into the new kernel until you do.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2013-07-03 00:54:07 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-06-28 18:23:10 -0500

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First off, Fedora keeps the three most recent kernels by default, so that if the newest one isn't working, you have two backups that are known to be good. It's OK to remove them, but most of the time they're not a problem.

Second, as long as all goes as expected, you'll get a new kmod-nvidia along with the new kernel. If not, simply keep using the old kernel (See, there's a reason to keep it.) until the kmod's ready, usually within a day. Unlike using the binary blob directly from nVidia, it's mostly "fire and forget."

Last, I'd suggest using yum to install bleachbit, which will clean out a lot of cruft from your home folder. The first time you run it, it will ask if you want to install a version that runs as Administrator. Let it download the file for you and follow the install instructions because that version can clean out lots of stuff that requires root access.

Hope this gives you what you need to get started, and don't hesitate to come back if/when you need more answers.

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answered 2013-07-05 06:34:26 -0500

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You could use a LiveCD or LiveUSB (maybe the one you used to install Fedora), and get gparted (su -c 'yum install gparted') to resize the partitions you assigned for / and /home. Shrink first /home by 7 GB, then grow / by those 7GB.

In my experience 12 GB is an affordable size for / and don't worry too much for applications installed.

Gparted is going to take a while, but not too much.

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