Missing rootfs after flashing with Debian Jessie image

Relatively new user here. I’ve been working with the Debian Wheezy that came installed on the BBB, but would like to update to use Debian Jessie. Following the instructions for flashing the Jessie image (BBB-blank-debian-8.5-lxqt-4gb-armhf-2016-08-14-4gb.img), I have Debian Jessie 8.5 on my eMMC. The problem I’ve run into is that I’m now missing a rootfs and have no storage room to work with. The output of df -h is shown below:

root@beaglebone:~# df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev 10M 0 10M 0% /dev
tmpfs 99M 2.8M 96M 3% /run
/dev/mmcblk1p1 3.5G 3.0G 354M 90% /
tmpfs 247M 0 247M 0% /dev/shm
tmpfs 5.0M 4.0K 5.0M 1% /run/lock
tmpfs 247M 0 247M 0% /sys/fs/cgroup

If I use an older flasher image for Debian Wheezy, it works perfectly and I have the file system I expect. Any clue on what I might be doing wrong or what I can do to fix things would be greatly appreciated. I assume it’s possible to upgrade to Jessie by editing the sources list and using apt-get, but that shouldn’t be necessary.

Rootfs is ^ right there…

And yes the lxqt-4gb is a little big at 3gb.


Thanks for the reply. I’d expected storage to be partitioned more along the lines of the Wheezy image:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
rootfs 3.4G 1.8G 1.5G 55% /
udev 10M 0 10M 0% /dev
tmpfs 100M 696K 99M 1% /run
/dev/disk/by-uuid/834ea8a4-e29f-410f-94b1-a7b67b757f6b 3.4G 1.8G 1.5G 55% /
tmpfs 249M 0 249M 0% /dev/shm
tmpfs 249M 0 249M 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
tmpfs 100M 0 100M 0% /run/user
tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
/dev/mmcblk0p1 96M 64M 33M 67% /media/BEAGLEBONE

I’ll have to decide if the reduced free space will work for my application.


If you are running headless, and not using desktop display / video output, you can get rid of over half of the occupied space.
Consider using the “console” version, which is about 1.2 GB, and just adding in what you might need beyond the basic OS.

— Graham