Description of problem:
I just had a very severe crash of the operating system on my Dell
Inspiron 1150 running FC3 with all the updates. I was logged into
gnome running nothing in particular (firefox and a few terminals). I
tried to run evolution and it said that it couldn't because it was a
read only filesystem. I didn't catch on how bad the problem was and
decided to just exit gnome. Upon exit, it couldn't start X, spit some
strange characters on the screen and crashed.
Upon reboot I was forced into manual fsck of root filesystem. The
first error was something about a magic flag set, in case that is
important. Hundreds more lost inodes and many files, including system
files, files in my home directory and files I don't think I have ever
even used, were lost.
Eventually I was able to finish the fsck and reboot, but it is going
to take forever to repair the damage to system files.
The only thing in /var/log/messages that could have anything to do
with this crash was:
Dec 3 12:24:10 localhost kernel: attempt to access beyond end of device
This is the last entry before successful reboot.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
hopefully not very...
An update has been released for Fedora Core 3 (kernel-2.6.12-1.1372_FC3) which
may contain a fix for your problem. Please update to this new kernel, and
report whether or not it fixes your problem.
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field of this bug to 'fc4'.
This bug has been automatically closed as part of a mass update.
It had been in NEEDINFO state since July 2005.
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