I have been a happy Void Linux user for a long time now, but something has always been a little unclear to me.
Void Linux keeps old kernels around after installing a new kernel and this results in many kernels installed on your system. After a while this results in longer update times because of DKMS module updates.
Luckily Void comes with the handy vkpurge utility. But here's the thing:
vkpurge only removes old kernels within a kernel series. If you have the kernel packages
linux5.1 installed on your system, you can only remove old kernels in both series with
linux5.1 packages will not be removed. As a consequence, you keep on receiving updates for these packages, resulting in more old kernels.
So, how do you completely delete old kernel packages? Is there a special procedure?
The solution is quite simple!
Say you have removed all old kernels for the
linux4.19 package with
sudo vkpurge rm 4.19.* and you want to completely remove the kernel from your system, all you have to do is
sudo xbps-remove -R linux4.19 linux4.19-headers.
This will remove all
linux4.19 related packages and you will no longer receive updates for them. Be sure not to delete the kernel series you are currently using!