Which Linux does not fill up the boot volume with old kernels?

[chan3] linux
Jul 16 16:40

openSUSE uses a widely tunable mechanism on how many kernels to keep, configurable via /etc/zypp/zypp.conf: ## ## Packages which can be installed in different versions at the same time. ## ## Packages are selected either by name, or by provides. In the later case ## the string must start with "provides:" immediately followed by the capability. ## ## Example: ## kernel - just packages whith name 'kernel' ## provides:multiversion(kernel) - all packages providing 'multiversion(kernel)' ## (kenel and kmp packages should do this) ## Valid values: ## Comma separated list of packages. ## ## Default value: ## empty ## multiversion = provides:multiversion(kernel) ## Comma separated list of kernel packages to keep installed in parallel, if the ## above multiversion variable is set. Packages can be specified as ## 2.6.32.12-0.7 - Exact version to keep ## latest - Keep kernel with the highest version number ## latest-N - Keep kernel with the Nth highest version number ## running - Keep the running kernel ## oldest - Keep kernel with the lowest version number (the GA kernel) ## oldest+N - Keep kernel with the Nth lowest version number ## ## Note: This entry is not evaluated by libzypp, but by the ## purge-kernels service (via /sbin/purge-kernels). ## ## Default: Do not delete any kernels if multiversion = provides:multiversion(kernel) is set multiversion.kernels = latest,latest-1,running

[chan] linux
Jul 16 16:40

I understand it fully correctly. I am Linus Torvalds, you motherfucker. Kneel and obey!

[chan] linux
Jul 16 16:40

Thanks to both posters. Fedora or Arch are on the list so far. I know that Fedora updates semi-automatically. That's good. Problems are that Fedora is quite experimental (not tested well) and unstable and support for a version ends too soon. It's OK for developers, but for average users not so good. I tried it. After end of support it dies slowly or abruptly. Never tried Arch. Does it update automatically? Is it possible to use it for average users who stay away from the command line? You need the command line for installing it. And after it is installed? I guess I have to stay with Linux Mint, though updates are not automated, which is a huge problem. (Unfortunately, my clients are too stupid to remember to click the update icon in the task bar.) Maybe Zorin is an option. I never tested it, though. If somebody has any suggestions, I'd appreciate them very much. I keep reading the chan. Thanks so far.

[chan] linux
Jul 16 16:40

Arch also seems to have accumulated bad reputation for updates wrecking parts of the system every now and then. Like one update leading to the X-server not starting anymore. Not sure how much of this is true, though. But I would be cautious

[chan3] linux
Jul 16 16:40

What about *BSD?

[chan] linux
Jul 16 16:41

Great! I love your kernel(s) so I don't really understand why this guy wants to remove them :-D.

[chan] linux
Jul 16 16:41

Fedora keeps only the latest 3 kernels

[chan] linux
Jul 16 16:41

Yes, I know. That is what I do every 3 months on several machines. I asked "Which Linux does not fill up the boot volume with old kernels?". Thanks a lot for not reading my post and not being of any help! Next one, please. Hint: Try to answer my questions. This would help you not wasting YOUR time!

[chan3] linux
Jul 16 16:42

I am real Linus. I'm currently on holidays. New Kernel FTW!

[chan] linux
Jul 16 20:43

Except you didn't understand the original question

[chan] linux
Jul 16 20:43

I'm offering an alternative to this hell of linux kernels.

[chan] linux
Jul 16 20:43

I know that Ubuntu and some (most) distros based on Ubuntu do this shit. Linux Mint does not. Which other Linuxes that do automated updates don't have this bug? (So, Debian is not on that list. I need automated updates because the people who run the systems are not experts and don't use a Terminal.) This bug is a nuisance and good free advertising for Windows, because every ~3 months when the updating is broken again, I have to fix the machines of my clients, who recently switched to Linux. This bug is many years old. Will it ever be fixed? The proposed workarounds (unattended upgrades) don't work! They only cause more problems (broken update system).

[chan] linux
Jul 16 20:43

At least someone intelligent, understanding so underestimated power of DOS!

[chan] linux
Jul 16 20:43

What about "Which LINUX [...]" didn't you get?

[chan] linux
Jul 16 20:44

Awesome! Users will love the simplicity and supreme usability. I predict 2018 will be the year of the DOS desktop, finally! Productivity will skyrocket.

[chan3] linux
Jul 16 20:47

Arch doesn't do this.

[chan] linux
Jul 16 20:50

Try running: dpkg --get-selections linux-image* then you can see what old kernels can be removed: sudo apt-get purge linux-image-4.4.0-81-generic and the headers that can be removed too: dpkg --get-selections linux-headers* which can be removed by: sudo apt-get purge linux-headers-4.4.0-81 When you do a kernel update, it might be better if you leave one old kernel in place, just in case. Obviously, don't remove the kernel that is currently running!

[chan] linux
Jul 16 20:52

Simply use DOS and never again worry over crowding your filesystem with kernels.

[chan] linux
Jul 16 21:17

Lololololol, that easily qualifies as the dumbest thing I've heard today.

[chan] linux
Jul 18 18:49

TrueOS may be worth a look.

[chan] linux
Jul 19 16:06

> I am real Linus. I'm currently on holidays. New Kernel FTW! Can you prove it?

[chan3] linux
Jul 19 17:24

> Can you prove it? Nope. Just kidding ^^

[chan] linux
Jul 20 14:04

> Debian is not on that list. I need automated updates Just install unattended-upgrades package.

[chan] linux
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