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I am running Ubuntu 11.10 i386 on a laptop. I recently upgraded linux generic kernel to 3.0.0-14 with a PPA (eugensan/boiler): I actually was looking to install just one piece of software ("unison"), but I got carried away and installed all the updates the PPA was providing, including the kernel (silly of me, I know... ,I'll sure think twice next time)

After the upgrade, at boot time the system complains with:

disk drive for /run/shm is not ready yet or not present"

and a similar message for /run/tmp

I can still boot by opting to skip these filesystems. However Chrome will not work now unless I enter the following commands:

sudo mkdir /run/shm
chmod 1777 /dev/shm

I reverted back to the previous kernel (3.0.0-13), removed the PPA and searched the web quite extensively, but to no avail.

I also checked /etc/fstab and this is what I have:

proc         /proc    proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
/dev/sda1    /        ext4    errors=remount-ro   0       1
UUID=c79075aa-eb63-43bc-ab8f-12eb26bfcfbd none  swap    sw     0       0

If anybody has any suggestion on how to fix this, it would be greatly appreciated!

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Mountall package in eugenesan ppa is broken. Just comment these sources.list lines, and run

 sudo aptitude install mountall=2.31

After that everything should be ok.

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