When I run the command to install the package solr-jetty, I am told

You don't have enough free space in /var/cache/apt/archives/

Here's the result of the df -H command:

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I have installed Ubuntu with VirtualBox on my Mac.

How can I fix this problem?

sudo apt-get autoclean

This will delete all packages not currently installed. If that doesn't free up enough space, then use sudo apt-get clean. This clears out all .debs downloaded and/or installed.

But it looks like your harddisc is out of space. Seriously out of space. 61Mb is not enough for a good working systen. I found 2 alternatives that can circumvent space related problems though both might be hard to pull of when using a virtual machine. A more permanent sollution would be to increase the size of your virtual machine (and I would also advice to use the method that allows the machine to dynamically to increase in size; VirtualBox has such a setting).

Alternative if you have a partition or external storage.

With this method you re-route the location where .debs are stored:

sudo mv -i /var/cache/apt /media/{dir_of_mounted_disc}
sudo ln -s /media/{dir_of_mounted_disc}/apt /var/cache/apt

Run the upgrade and install. After you are done you can switch back to normal with:

sudo apt-get clean
sudo unlink /var/cache/apt
sudo mv /media/{dir_of_mounted_disc}/apt /var/cache

Ofcourse {dir_of_mounted_disc} needs to be change to the name of your mounted disc.

Another alternative

This way you create a RAM disc:

sudo mkdir /media/{directory}
sudo mount -t tmpfs tmpfs /media/{directory}
sudo ln -s /media/{directory}/apt /var/cache/apt

Clean up as with the 1st alternative.

Warning this requires a large amount of RAM so may not be useable when using a virtual system.

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    I tried the two commands and I have the same 'not enough space' message – epsilones Aug 22 '12 at 9:35
  • So I edited my question put the visual result of the command (soory I put some image because I don't know how to copy paste the content of the shell...) – epsilones Aug 22 '12 at 9:41
  • By the way, I tried with what I got by doing ls in the media directory, I found 'cdrom'. So I ran the sudo mw command and I got an error message : could not create directory /media/cdrom/apt : 'read only filme system'... – epsilones Aug 22 '12 at 9:53
  • Do you mean the last command you suggested are useless if I don't have a USB stick or an external HDD ? – epsilones Aug 22 '12 at 10:05
  • @newben no problem :) if you do not mind please remove all the comments (except the 1st one :D ) since we are turning this in a chat :+ – Rinzwind Aug 22 '12 at 10:16

These commands will remove extra packages that are no longer required .

Open terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T) and type

sudo apt-get autoclean
sudo apt-get autoremove 
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Whenever you install a program, the packages (.deb files) get stored in /var/cache/apt/archives, which obviously take up space (a lot of space if there are many packages installed).

To get rid of them, use:

sudo apt-get clean

Incase you're wondering what is the difference between clean and autoclean, here is what the man page says:

clean: clean clears out the local repository of retrieved package files. It removes everything but the lock file from /var/cache/apt/archives/ and /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/. APT is used as a dselect(1) method, clean is run Those who do not use dselect will likely want to run apt-get clean time to time to free up disk space.

autoclean: Like clean, autoclean clears out the local repository of package files. The difference is that it only removes package files can no longer be downloaded, and are largely useless. This a cache to be maintained over a long period without it out of control. The configuration option Clean-Installed will prevent installed packages from erased if it is set to off.

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The issue re: 'You don't have enough free spacve in /var/cache/apt/archives/' may be related to this bug: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/update-manager/+bug/1054903 Particularly if /var/cache/apt is on a tmpfs which gets erased every boot. Is it possible that you've sym-linked /var/cache/ to /tmp/cache/ or something similar in order to save space?

If this is the case the instructions to solve/work-arround it are on the bug report above.

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  • Can you add a summary of the suggested workaround, quote parts that need quoting, and add relevant steps to take from the link. – Mateo Oct 5 '12 at 1:05

This is more of a workaround/helpful tip.

This was happening on my virtual machine because I had allocated too much space to swap (close to 40%). I quickly resized it using gparted and was able to reclaim some more space for the root partition.

Now I can update the long neglected VM which required about 3GB of updates.

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    Docker images for me. Removed the ones I didn't need. – Peter Schofield Apr 3 at 21:20

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