Enlarged /var Partition

Used GParted to grow /var partition


I’ve installed Ubuntu 18.04 on my new laptop.


The /var partition was too small. The system complained that only 200 MB was left.


  1. Rebooted with my live USB.
  2. Opened GParted.
  3. Moved /tmp partition to the left and grew it to 6 GB.
  4. Grew /var partition to 16 GB
  5. Click

GParted screenshot


GParted result partition table


View GParted generated files.

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Package installation as a normal user

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Copy File and Preserve Path

Two bash solutions

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Ubuntu installation on hybrid system

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Thanks to mintupgrade

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