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Flash clean-up

Lately I upgraded a Aruba Networks wireless controller or at least I tried…… The upload of a new image to the controller has two steps. First the copy process from a TFTP server to the controller and second the actual writing of the new firmware image to flash (system partition). The second step kept showing me exclamation marks for minutes. I left it running for one hour and finally decided to break the upload by ending the SSH session and starting a new SSH session. I wasn’t able to connect to the controller via SSH and physical access via the console didn’t work either. So I decided to reboot the controller via the hard reset. The controller rebooted the old system partition, but I noticed that the new system partition was imported and digitally signed (check via: show image version).

I changed the boot parameter to boot the new software and rebooted the controller. I received the following error message on the console after the reboot.

Ancillary image stored on flash is not for this release
* WARNING: An additional image upgrade is required to complete the *
* installation of the AP and WebUI files. Please upgrade the boot *
* partition again and reload the controller. *

I decided to upload the firmware a second time to the same system partition, but this time the controller “told” me that there wasn’t enough free space on the flash drive so I couldn’t copy the file. I noticed that I only had 35M flash storage left (check via: show storage).

I deleted some files from flash (via command: delete filename <file name>), but I couldn’t free enough space to copy the image a second time. Finally I used the tar command to clean up enough storage. The tar command archives a directory and creates a tar file in the flash memory, which can be deleted. The syntax is:

tar clean {crash|flash|logs}| crash | flash | logs {tech-support|user}}

I ran the commands:

tar crash
tar flash
tar logs.

This creates three separate files in the flash memory. The files can be deleted via the commands:

tar clean flash
tar clean logs
tar clean crash

After running these commands I had113.3M flash storage available, which is more than enough to copy the new firmware a second time to the system partition.

In my situation the crash files were the reason I didn’t have enough flash memory. Because I did a hard reset the controller created a lot of crash files, which are stored in flash memory.