The old fashioned way of installing linux would be to put /boot on a seperated filesystem, in order to keep that safe outside possible root filesystem failures. If you did not plan with bloated kernels, each 30MB and more, and assigned 100MB for /boot on a RAID1 you will most likely fail on the 3rd kernel to be installed – like me on my workstation. Rather then reinstalling the system – we are not windoze, eh? – let’s try it the linux way.

Of course, one might say – remove the old kernel before installing a new one …

# dpkg -l *linux-image*
# apt-get install --remove purge linux-image-$version-generic

… but what if kernel history would be unstable and you would make sure to keep it in a row?

After forgetting this all the time, it’s pretty much annoying and rather than trying to break the RAID1 by increasing size of the first partition, put /boot back again on the root fileystem. Doing that on a booted kernel is not that difficult, but keep in mind – make it rebootable within /etc/fstab !

First, create a copy of /boot, unmount the original, and replace it with the copy.

# cp -a /boot /boot-tmp
# umount /boot
# rmdir /boot && mv /boot-tmp /boot

Then change the entry in /etc/fstab in order to keep that over reboots. Last but not least run update-grub (grub2) to verify that grub works correctly.

# vim /etc/fstab

# update-grub

Then fire and reboot.

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