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My current kernel version shown by uname -r is: 3.5.0-17-generic.
However, there are files related to newer version kernel 3.5.0-26 in /boot. So I want to upgrade the kernel to 3.5.0-26 by running: sudo apt-get install linux-image-3.5.0-26-generic. But it shows:

linux-image-3.5.0-26-generic is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

I tried sudo apt-get purge linux-image-3.5.0-26-generic, then re-install it by sudo apt-get install linux-image-3.5.0-26-generic. This time, I can install the newer kernel, but uname -r stil shows 3.5.0-17. I didn't try the other way around, that is, removing kernel 3.5.0-17-generic, since it is the currently used one, I am afraid removing it might cause problems.

So I am confused. If linux-image-3.5.0-26-generic is already the newest version, why uname -r shows 3.5.0-17 that is an older version?

PS: before this, I have no space problem in /boot, and I cannot update any packages. As I said, my current kernel version is 3.5.0-17. But there are many files related to newer version kernels, ranging from version 3.5.0-18 to 3.5.0-26. So I found a script to remove all of them, but files related to 3.5.0-26 are still there.

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Did you tried to reinstall package? You can try it by sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-$(uname -r). Also, you can try t fix problems by adding -f argument. – Sebastian Potasiak Mar 30 '13 at 17:13
Thanks. I tried that with --reinstall and -f options. Then I install the newer 3.5.0-26 kernel by sudo apt-get install linux-image-3.5.0-26-generic; there is an error that shows the kernel header files are not found. So I also install the kernel header packages, then reinstall 3.5.0-26 kernel. However, uname -r still shows 3.5.0-17. – Fashandge Mar 30 '13 at 21:27
So, maybe it's some kind of problem with linux kernel package itself? Have you tried to install another version? – Sebastian Potasiak Mar 30 '13 at 21:31

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