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/boot has become 100% full somehow.

df -k
Filesystem              1K-blocks     Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/ubuntu-root 191078052 31758960 149612804  18% /
udev                      3997520        8   3997512   1% /dev
tmpfs                     1602244      856   1601388   1% /run
none                         5120        0      5120   0% /run/lock
none                      4005600     1792   4003808   1% /run/shm
none                       102400       28    102372   1% /run/user
/dev/sda1                  233191   218740      2010 100% /boot


mount
/dev/mapper/ubuntu-root on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
none on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw)
none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw)
udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620)
tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755)
none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880)
none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
none on /run/user type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=104857600,mode=0755)
/dev/sda1 on /boot type ext2 (rw)
binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
vmware-vmblock on /run/vmblock-fuse type fuse.vmware-vmblock (rw,nosuid,nodev,default_permissions,allow_other)
gvfsd-fuse on /run/user/foo/gvfs type fuse.gvfsd-fuse (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=foo)

How can I make the space allocated to /boot bigger?

There is a related question How do I free up more space in /boot? but that is not what I want to do.

Added.

Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders, total 390721968 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0007f9dc

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *        2048      499711      248832   83  Linux
/dev/sda2          501758   390721535   195109889    5  Extended
/dev/sda5          501760   390721535   195109888   8e  Linux LVM

Disk /dev/mapper/ubuntu-root: 198.8 GB, 198784843776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24167 cylinders, total 388251648 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/mapper/ubuntu-root doesn't contain a valid partition table

Disk /dev/mapper/ubuntu-swap_1: 1006 MB, 1006632960 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 122 cylinders, total 1966080 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Disk /dev/mapper/ubuntu-swap_1 doesn't contain a valid partition table
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@Takkat I am asking how to make \boot bigger not how to free up space in it. –  Anush Apr 11 '13 at 8:55
    
The boot is normally big enough. I suppose you installed some other linux kernels. Try to do sudo apt-get autoremove. When this not work your can do dpkg -l linux to see what you have installed. –  Thomas15v Apr 11 '13 at 9:43
    
If you have 2 partitions in sda(boot and LVM) either you have adjacent free space and you resize the /boot partition or you will need to shrink the LVM partition. Update your answer with your partition layout. –  Salem Apr 11 '13 at 10:21

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

There are 2 parts to this:

  1. Open a terminal and run ls /boot If boot is full of old kernels you can go remove happy on them, I recommend keeping the original, the latest and the one before latest. the lowest number is normally the shipping kernel, the highest number will be the latest.

  2. To grow boot you first need to shrink another partition so you have free space. I would suggest using the gparted tool on the live cd to do this. First decrease the size of/ or /home depending on your setup. Then increase the size of boot.

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You can also trying running apt-get autoremove to clean out old kernel files in /boot to clear up space. –  Justin Jenkins Feb 6 at 3:59

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