To those moving to Jaunty: Do not use the new ext4

Alan Dacey Sr. GrokIt at
Thu Mar 12 21:43:20 UTC 2009

On Thursday 12 March 2009 03:21:26 Dotan Cohen wrote:
> I'm not blaming the ext4 developers nor am I blaming KDE, but there
> exists a dangerous condition for using KDE under ext4:
> The /. article links to Launchpad bugs. I do not link to them directly
> because the /. comments are actually very important for this issue,
> and will be more informative than the flames and
> responsibility-denying that I am sure will ensue here.
> In short, don't use ext4 on Kubuntu Jaunty. In fact, I have argued
> before that end users should avoid ext4 or any new technology for some
> time after debut.
> --
> Dotan Cohen
So that's what happened to my .kde directory two days ago.  It killed grub on 
the update I did last night.  I was also unable to shut down/log off in any way 
for a few days but that got fixed with a fresh install of Alpha 5 when I was 
fixing grub.  (I got sloppy and installed the alpha grub on hd0 - doh!)  There 
were all sorts of odd things happening for the last two weeks, and not just 
the odd bug here and there.  I think it started after I over-clocked a bit too 
much and I got a spontaneous reboot.
Thanks for the info, I'll follow this bug and not use ext4 until it's 


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