Random kernel update breakage

Gilboa Davara gilboad at gmail.com
Wed Aug 25 08:14:48 UTC 2010

On Tue, 2010-08-24 at 22:29 -0400, Sam Varshavchik wrote:
> Every once in a while, something breaks when a kernel update gets installed. 
> It doesn't happen every time, I'd say that once in every thirty or so kernel 
> updates, grub fails to come up after a subsequent reboot.
> This is just a minor annoyance -- I'd have to boot the install CD in rescue 
> mode, let it mount Fedora on /mnt/sysimage, chroot to it, and execute 
> /sbin/grub-install -- but I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing this.
> This just happened again -- after installing, rebooting my 
> laptop only results in a black screen, with a BIOS cursor uselessly blinking 
> away in the top-left corner. Whip out the rescue CD, and now a few minutes 
> later I'm back in business.
> But then, I updated a different server to, and it booted 
> the new kernel just fine. Previously, this same server got similarly 
> de-grubbed by an earlier kernel update, but the laptop had no issues being 
> updated to the same kernel.

I can't say that it -ever- happened to me (and I'm running Fedora since
F1 on multiple workstations)

This, of-course, doesn't invalidate your report.

Can you find some commonality between the two (?) effected machines?

- Gilboa

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