A safe way to clean the boot partition.

Suppose that one day you are routinely performing a maintenance update or wanting to install a new package and suddenly be greeted by the following:

username@ubuntu:~# sudo apt install yourpackage 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
You might want to run 'apt-get -f install' to correct these:
The following packages have unmet dependencies:
 yourpackage : Depends: libyourpackage1 (>= 1.x.x) but it is not going to be installed
 linux-image-virtual : Depends: linux-image-4.x.0-xxx-generic but it is not going to be installed
E: Unmet dependencies. Try 'apt-get -f install' with no packages (or specify a solution).

Problem: /boot/ is 100% full and/or apt is not working

Check the current version of your kernel

$ uname -r

It will show something similar to the following:


List the old kernels

$ dpkg --list 'linux-image*' | awk '{ if ($1=="ii") print $2}' | grep -v `uname -r`

It will show something similar to the following:


Get ready to craft a remove command to delete the old kernels.
Please be sure to keep the current and the last two versions of the kernel.

$ sudo rm -rf /boot/*-4.4.0-{116,121,124,127,128}-*

Time to cleanup apt, remove orphaned kernel images, and update grub

$ sudo apt-get -f install ; sudo apt-get autoremove ; sudo update-grub

Finally, you can now update and install packages again!

$ sudo apt-get update

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