18-01-2014 | Remy van Elst | Text only version of this article
This small article will show you how to remove unused kernels in Red Hat or CentOS. This is sometimes necessary because the /boot partition can fill up.
You can check which kernels you have installed using the
rpm -q kernel command:
$ rpm -q kernel kernel-2.6.18-348.16.1.el5 kernel-2.6.18-348.18.1.el5 kernel-2.6.18-371.el5 kernel-2.6.18-371.1.2.el5 kernel-2.6.18-371.3.1.el5
As you can see this is a CentOS 5 box.
yum-utils package there is the
package-cleanup command. This command, among other things, lets you remove older kernels very simple. First install it:
yum install yum-utils
With the following command you can clean up all old kernels and keep just two. The current one and the previous one:
package-cleanup --oldkernels --count=2
The Fedora Documentation has more info and various good examples on the
package-cleanup command: https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/14/html/SoftwareManagementGuide/ch07s03.html