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I noticed a problem trying to install software with both sudo apt-get (etc.) and the software center, and after using

sudo dpkg --configure -a 

I am returned dpkg: error: failed to write status database record about 'empathy-common' to '/var/lib/dpkg/status': No space left on device so I try

df -h

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Be forewarned, I'm a complete Linux noob, so I'm sorry if this is a face-palm kind of question.

Thanks for the help!

EDIT1: Here you go @kingmilo

EDIT2: Thanks for all you're help guys! It's been so long since I installed Ubuntu that I completely forgot I used Wubi. looking at it again, I can see that it defaults to giving Ubuntu only 17 GB. I can see now that I ignored that setting. I am currently reinstalling Ubuntu with a larger... group(?).

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Could you paste the results of df -ih –  kingmilo Jun 6 '13 at 7:17
    
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Because you did not install Ubuntu into a 50 gb partition; you installed it with Wubi into a 17 gb file inside your Windows partition.

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According to your screenshot, your partition is indeed full. Ubuntu is installed on / so I guess you were looking at the wrong entry...

I guess you have to remove some stuff to free up your partition or try to resize it (but that is a bit tricky...)

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