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    Default There Might Be Another EXT4 Corruption Bug

    Phoronix: There Might Be Another EXT4 Corruption Bug

    It was only days ago that an EXT4 file-system corruption bug affected the stable Linux kernel, which was finally patched yesterday. Now though it looks like there may be another EXT4 corruption bug affecting the stable kernel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTIxOTU

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    Default Scary

    ext4 is supposed to be mature, reliable and well tested system today.

    It is scary with so these file corruption bugs lately.

    Luckily this one is reproducible so hopefully it will soon be fixed.

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    Not again...

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    More important, i always reformat the HD when install a new Linux and NEVER upgrade a distro (as in: from 12.04 to 12.10 or 13.37 to current)

    There is nothing like a fresh start.....


    OTOH, i'm starting to get fed up with EXT4....any other FS recommended that is more stable, corruption free and if possible, faster ?


    TIA,
    AJSB

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    1. Format and label a target Ext4 partion using Ubuntu 12.04
    2. Install 64bit 12.10 OS using that target without reformatting it
    3. Shut down
    4. Boot an alternate copy of Ubuntu
    5. Restart selecting the newly installed OS
    6. Login then shutdown
    6. Boot an alternate copy of Ubuntu
    7.Fsck the newly installed OS allowing corrections to be made
    Why would anyone do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsmithhfx View Post
    Why would anyone do that?
    If he was just helping out doing some extra testing, I'm genuinely impressed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbamber85 View Post
    If he was just helping out doing some extra testing, I'm genuinely impressed!
    Well, he forgot a few steps:

    8. Pull hard drive without shutting down computer.
    9. Throw hard drive at wall.
    10. Krazy-glue "alternate copy of ubuntu" to hard drive, and hook up to car battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BO$$ View Post
    See the thing is you never see these kinds of bugs reported let's say in windows so you may think that windows is more stable. But that's because it's closed source. This, being open source, we see bugs like these daily and you get the impression that ext4 is shit when it's actually pretty good.
    +1

    In Window$ we download patches for what we even haven't a clue for what they are.....and yes, one of the several reasons i dropped Window$ was data integrity because several times some games locked my rig and only way to switch off was to hard reset making data corruption....

    Alt+PrtScrn+REISUB is our friend

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsmithhfx View Post
    Why would anyone do that?
    #3 on the list:
    http://fullygeek.com/2006/11/top-20-...mmers-excuses/

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJSB View Post
    More important, i always reformat the HD when install a new Linux and NEVER upgrade a distro (as in: from 12.04 to 12.10 or 13.37 to current)

    There is nothing like a fresh start.....


    OTOH, i'm starting to get fed up with EXT4....any other FS recommended that is more stable, corruption free and if possible, faster ?


    TIA,
    AJSB

    So much bullshit in one single post. First: I'm happy for you if you format every 6 Months. You are the future. Second: stick to Ext3 as it has a long history when compared to a baby like ext4. I'm also not sure how can you be fed of Ext4 if you never encountered the bug described in the this post or in any other one.

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