"...An unclean shutdown, of course, brings us our old
friend e2fsck when one has not had access to Ext3. Though my 20-meg
drive is small by current standards, it takes awhile. As it
started, I noticed an error -- "Spurious 8259A interrupt: IRQ7" --
which I pondered until I saw that e2fsck wanted to be run manually
on hda4, the residence of my home directory.
E2fsck was not kind to my home directory. When the smoke had
cleared, it had moved a total of 475 megs of stuff, in two files,
to lost+found. When it was all over and I was at a prompt, I SUed
root and restored my backed up KDE and Qt. KDE started
uneventfully, this time with my configuration entirely intact.
Anti-aliasing was still but a dim and crippled shadow of its former
And when I opened KMail, I was singularly undelighted to
discover that my Inbox, which contained about 1,500 messages, had
disappeared. I have not yet discovered what else found its way into
the 475 megs of stuff uselessly dumped into lost+found (the sheer
size of which makes it all but impossible to sort out, too).
To top it all off, KDE shuts down just fine but something
prevents my getting to a prompt -- and that same something keeps
keyboard input from being heard by the machine -- meaning that I am
at the mercy of uptime unless I want to give this bright and shiny
new distribution another bite at my ~/. This is, um, unacceptable.
No, it flat-out sucks."