Looks like my laptop doesn’t really want to keep its data in stable form. Like I have blogged previously, the bus-reset issue apparently trashed my root partition again. I do not know the cause as it seemed a normal shutdown… but the moment I rebooted I had lost a lot of files (thankfully not on /home: I’m glad I keep data separated from the rest).
Reinstalling proved less difficult, thanks to a Kubuntu DVD I burnt with my other computer. However, I still had to tinker manually because of read errors (notice that this seems to be an issue with my DVD-ROM, rather than with the DVD itself). When those were unrecoverable, I manually changed the temporary sources.list to point to Internet mirrors and all was well.
I still don’t know what causes such problems. I considered trying Gutsy Gibbon due to a new kernel, but being in alpha stage means it may get much worse bugs. I’m tempted to file a bug, but since there are a few othrs with similar issues, I have to check them first.
What’s sure is that I’ll be using partimage to make images of my drive. It’ll be much easier to restore the configuration like that.
Luca Beltrame LINUX