Lost Whole Directory

Bill Marcum marcumbill at bellsouth.net
Sat Feb 13 07:35:38 UTC 2010

On 2010-02-13, Kipton Moravec <kip at kdream.com> wrote:
> I just discovered I had lost the contents of a whole directory.
> I have a directory /home/backup/Work/Amradio that somehow became empty.
> I last worked in Monday. Since then I have been working in other
> directories under /home/backup/Work.
> I looked in the trash, and it is not there. 
> I have not done anything as a superuser or as sudo for more than a week.
> Other than run update manager when it tells me I have updates.
> /home/backup is a mounted disk with an ext3 partition. I am using 8.04.
> It is a 372 GB disk with 117 GB used.
> How do I find out what happened? What logs can I go to? Where could it
> have gone? How do I track this down? 
> Kip

Linux systems don't usually keep logs of every file that is deleted. If
it's possible the files were merely moved somewhere else, you might have
some luck with the "find" or "locate" commands. If /home/backup is completely
empty, maybe that disk isn't mounted.

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