Configuration conpletly lost after unclean shutdown

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at
Mon Jul 21 15:08:36 CEST 2014

On Mon, 2014-07-21 at 14:10 +0200, Stephane Ascoet wrote:
> > I've experienced data loss in the way yo describe on a test-machine
> > using btrfs. After changing to XFS
> Hi, I use mainly XFS too, and I encounter the problem from time to
> time. In most case, it's due to a FS fullness, and even if I free 
> some space before closing Xfce, date is over for ever, including
> configuration files that shouldn't have been modified. So I took 
> the habit to save from time to time my configuration files with a
> script(it saves configuration from Bash, Icedove, etc. too) 
> without having warned others about this behaviour, however I always
> though it's a huge bug.

Do you remember when you experienced this issue? Where there additional
problems, that drastic as running out of free disk space? I needed to
restore a VBox guest some days ago, because the host runs out of free
hard disk space and regarding to this the guest was damaged. We need to
take care that the OS always has got enough free space. This issue
shouldn't happen that often ;). 

I used Xfce4 mostly with Arch 64-bit, but also with Ubuntu Studio 64-bit
and Debian 32-bit for a very long time and never experienced this issue.
JFTR I used Xfce4 on ext3 and ext4 FS. Btw. I regularly make backups,
but IIRC never needed to restore something for Xfce4. From all used DEs
and I used/tested a lot of DEs, Xfce4 for my taste is the best I ever
used, it always was absolutely stable. Nowadays I prefer a WM, but not
because Xfce4 is unstable, just because it became to bloated for my
taste and because I dislike GNOME crap used by Xfce4, I anyway keep
Xfce4 and use Xfce4 apps with the WM I prefer nowadays. IOW regarding to
the config bug I suspect that there isn't such a bug, but that the issue
is caused by neglected maintenance, such as running out of free hard
disk space.


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