Serious bug in Jaunty/Mint 7 64 bit -- data loss and crashes

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Serious bug in Jaunty/Mint 7 64 bit -- data loss and crashes

Postby swordthrower » Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:25 pm


There seems to be a serious issue with the Jaunty/Linux Mint 7 64 bit editions due to the 2.6.28-11 kernel. Many people, including me unfortunately, have had several system crashes, corrupted file systems, data loss, etc. For example, many times I have had system freezes, where literally only a hard power-down can restore the system, and upon restart, either the main partition fsck fails, or my home partition is totally missing. Luckily I wrote a script to copy my home folder to another partition on shutdown so I had backups.

But, it effectively makes the system unusable because of constant risk of data loss and crashes. Here is the original bug report. It is interesting and sort of troubling that something this well-documented and common could go unfixed for so long...

Here is a solution (basically all solutions involve using different kernels). I tried it and it worked. Unfortunately, I'm not using Linux Mint any more, which I really loved.

The fix basically works like this: install Intrepid, upgrade to Jaunty, and then before restart, install the 2.6.29-02062904 kernel. This way, the system never operates under the 28-11 kernel.

I'm assuming a similar technique could be applied to Mint: Install Mint 6, upgrade to 7, and then install the newer kernel before restart. The only issue is that the upgrade seems to be problematic, and a clean install of Mint 7 is recommended, so this may not work consistently enough to be useful.

So, my question is this: is it possible to create a new Mint 7 edition which uses another kernel? It seems to be the only issue, but I don't know how realistic it is to release another version. Or, is there another fix which would allow a user to install Mint 7 with another kernel while using the normal install CD?



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Re: Serious bug in Jaunty/Mint 7 64 bit -- data loss and crashes

Postby Husse » Mon Aug 17, 2009 8:05 am

It can't be widespread, but I must admit I've seen a bit too many reports about instability in the 64 bit version
I've asked Clem to take a look at it, don't know if he was aware of this
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