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I guess one should not run the software update when running off of a pendrive. Each time I have, not only does the update crash, but the usb drive becomes unbootable? Should the ablitiy to run a software update be disabled for pendrive instances?

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You tagged this initramfs, are you getting a particular error? – 8128 Jan 21 '11 at 18:33
Did you try it on pen drives other than the one this problem occurred on? – Oxwivi Feb 20 '11 at 19:14

You shouldn't have a problem updating your install as normal. So no the ability shouldn't be disabled.

If you are having problems with this I suggest reporting a bug. Whilst running Ubuntu press Alt+F2 and type ubuntu-bug. This will attach harware information to your report.

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