[Bug 558695] [NEW] Ubuntu Lucid crashes with message "could not write bytes: broken pipe"

Launchpad Bug Tracker 558695 at bugs.launchpad.net
Sun Apr 18 11:14:46 UTC 2010

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When using Ubuntu Lucid 10.04 beta, downloaded April 6th 2010, it
crashes into an entirely black screen, with terminal text saying "could
not write bytes: broken pipe" about 8 or so times.

By all appearances, it happens at random intervals. I can not identify
any particular trigger. It has happened about four times in the two days
since I upgraded to the new beta.

After a period of time, the system gives me a dialogue box which offers
me the option of restarting X, using low graphics mode, or other
graphics display options. Whichever one I choose, the system takes me
back to a login screen, at full graphics colour and resolution.

My computer is a Panasonic CF-Y2 laptop computer. It uses Nvidia drivers
for graphics.

Other than this randomly occurring crash, everything else seems to work
without any indication of a problem.

lsb_release -rd
Description:	Ubuntu lucid (development branch)
Release:	10.04

** Affects: firefox (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

Ubuntu Lucid crashes with message "could not write bytes: broken pipe"
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