At this point all I'm trying to do is update my headers on fresh Ubuntu 14.04:

root@invoke:~# uname -a
Linux invoke 2.6.32-042stab094.7 #1 SMP Wed Oct 22 12:43:21 MSK 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

root@invoke:~# uname -r

root@invoke:~# cat /etc/lsb-release  

This command shows error:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install linux-generic
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)`

Full log can be found in the pastebin: http://pastebin.com/DyPBsPZx.

Once it starts, I have to do a fresh install.

If any information more is needed please don't hesitate to ask, if someone wants to teamview/remote I'm fine with that as well.

  • Are you trying to update to 3.13.0-53?
    – Ron
    Jun 9, 2015 at 17:17
  • I've tried 3.13, 3.16, 3.19 No matter how which one I try it kicks back the same reply. At this point just using; linux-generic
    – Justin
    Jun 9, 2015 at 17:18
  • What OS is installed? Is it Ubuntu? Which version? Please add cat /etc/lsb-release
    – Pilot6
    Jun 9, 2015 at 17:20
  • root@invoke:~# cat /etc/lsb-release DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu DISTRIB_RELEASE=14.04 DISTRIB_CODENAME=trusty DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS" (its in the tags)
    – Justin
    Jun 9, 2015 at 17:21
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    You can't update kernel on VPS. You can do it in some VPS control panel, if there is one, or contact the support.
    – Pilot6
    Jun 9, 2015 at 19:20

2 Answers 2


In many cases you can't upgrade linux kernel if you are using a system provided by VPS.

If there is an option in VPS control panel, then do it there.

Otherwise contact VPS technical support.


Run the following commands to purge un-configured kernels and fix the package dependency problems:

sudo dpkg -P linux-image-3.13.0-53-generic
sudo dpkg -P linux-image-extra-3.13.0-53-generic
sudo dpkg -P linux-image-generic
sudo dpkg -P linux-generic
sudo apt-get install -f
  • pastebin.com/CB7VTBrM Looks like it may have some useful information in it. Didn't bother running the last two. -f pushing back same error as first run.
    – Justin
    Jun 9, 2015 at 17:27
  • root@invoke:/# cd /boot root@invoke:/boot# ls grub its not full.
    – Justin
    Jun 9, 2015 at 17:34
  • sudo update-grub /usr/sbin/grub-probe: error: failed to get canonical path of `/vz/private/37783'. And this is as far as I've gotten, I have no idea where to go from here
    – Justin
    Jun 9, 2015 at 17:37

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