Remove Old Kernels of Debian/Ubuntu

To find out the current version of Linux kernel running on your system, use the following command.

$ uname -sr
Linux 4.12.0-041200-generic

To list all installed kernels on your system, issue this command.

$ dpkg -l | grep linux-image | awk '{print$2}'

linux-image-4.12.0-041200-generic
linux-image-4.8.0-22-generic
linux-image-extra-4.8.0-22-generic
linux-image-generic

Remove Old Unused Kernels on Debian and Ubuntu

Run the commands below to remove a particular linux-image along with its configuration files, then update grub2 configuration, and lastly reboot the system.

$ sudo apt remove --purge linux-image-4.4.0-21-generic
$ sudo update-grub2
$ sudo reboot

Removing Old Kernel in Ubuntu

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Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree 
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
linux-generic linux-headers-4.8.0-59 linux-headers-4.8.0-59-generic linux-headers-generic linux-image-4.8.0-59-generic linux-image-extra-4.8.0-59-generic linux-image-generic
Suggested packages:
fdutils linux-doc-4.8.0 | linux-source-4.8.0 linux-tools
Recommended packages:
thermald
The following packages will be REMOVED:
linux-image-4.8.0-22-generic* linux-image-extra-4.8.0-22-generic*
The following NEW packages will be installed:
linux-headers-4.8.0-59 linux-headers-4.8.0-59-generic linux-image-4.8.0-59-generic linux-image-extra-4.8.0-59-generic
The following packages will be upgraded:
linux-generic linux-headers-generic linux-image-generic
3 upgraded, 4 newly installed, 2 to remove and 182 not upgraded.
Need to get 72.0 MB of archives.
After this operation, 81.7 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Get:1 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 linux-headers-4.8.0-59 all 4.8.0-59.64 [10.2 MB]
Get:2 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 linux-headers-4.8.0-59-generic amd64 4.8.0-59.64 [811 kB] 
Get:3 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 linux-generic amd64 4.8.0.59.72 [1,782 B] 
Get:4 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 linux-headers-generic amd64 4.8.0.59.72 [2,320 B] 
Get:5 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 linux-image-4.8.0-59-generic amd64 4.8.0-59.64 [23.6 MB] 
Get:6 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 linux-image-extra-4.8.0-59-generic amd64 4.8.0-59.64 [37.4 MB] 
Get:7 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu yakkety-updates/main amd64 linux-image-generic amd64 4.8.0.59.72 [2,348 B] 
Fetched 72.0 MB in 7min 12s (167 kB/s) 
Selecting previously unselected package linux-headers-4.8.0-59.
(Reading database ... 104895 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../0-linux-headers-4.8.0-59_4.8.0-59.64_all.deb ...
Unpacking linux-headers-4.8.0-59 (4.8.0-59.64) ...
Selecting previously unselected package linux-headers-4.8.0-59-generic.
Preparing to unpack .../1-linux-headers-4.8.0-59-generic_4.8.0-59.64_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking linux-headers-4.8.0-59-generic (4.8.0-59.64) ...
Preparing to unpack .../2-linux-generic_4.8.0.59.72_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking linux-generic (4.8.0.59.72) over (4.8.0.22.31) ...
Preparing to unpack .../3-linux-headers-generic_4.8.0.59.72_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking linux-headers-generic (4.8.0.59.72) over (4.8.0.22.31) ...
Selecting previously unselected package linux-image-4.8.0-59-generic.
Preparing to unpack .../4-linux-image-4.8.0-59-generic_4.8.0-59.64_amd64.deb ...
Done.
Removing linux-image-4.8.0-22-generic (4.8.0-22.24) ...
Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 4.8.0-22-generic /boot/vmlinuz-4.8.0-22-generic
update-initramfs: Deleting /boot/initrd.img-4.8.0-22-generic
run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-update-grub 4.8.0-22-generic /boot/vmlinuz-4.8.0-22-generic
Generating grub configuration file ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.12.0-041200-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-4.12.0-041200-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-4.8.0-59-generic
done
...

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