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Testing Ubuntu Jaunty and Ext4 WITHOUT Trashing Your Data

Mar 12, 2009, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Wegner)

""This has happened to me twice, the first time erasing Firefox settings, and the second time erasing gnome-terminal settings. Both cases were caused by a kernel panic locking up the system. Also, both times the program whose settings were affected was in use during the kernel panic."

"This has been a wide-spread problem, particularly for Ubuntu users testing the new Jaunty alpha releases. It manifests itself after a system crash, where open files will simply be emptied and erased. It is particularly prevalent in users' settings files, such as those used for GNOME or KDE. Fortunately, there cause of the bug is relatively well-known, as kernel developer Theodore Ts'o explains in his detailed comment:"

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