Random kernel update breakage

Sam Varshavchik mrsam at courier-mta.com
Wed Aug 25 11:03:33 UTC 2010

Gilboa Davara writes:

> 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?

Absolutely nothing in common. One is an i686 laptop, the other one is a 
dual-Opteron server.

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