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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...
Filesystem corruption after shutdown with a clean standard installation. 100% confirmation. 100% reproducable.
But I guess it's not ext4 related. It's a dbus/networking problem with the shutdown scripts. However nobody fixed it. Though it was still reported. Busy filesystem, busy scripts, unclean shutdown. Everytime. ~Christian Niemeyer
No one else has complained or noticed up until now, because other distro's apparently are capable of doing a clean shutdown allowing the file system to be unmounted cleanly. Ubuntu, unfortunately, is incapable of reliably doing a clean shutdown even when users request it, which is why Ubuntu users are seeing this behavior much more frequently, and apparently some people have panicked as a result. Sigh.... ~Theodore Ts'o