big problem-deleted a directory in a gui file mgr-slip of the mouse

John R. Sowden jsowden at
Sat Oct 26 21:27:33 UTC 2013

On 10/26/2013 02:17 PM, Colin Law wrote:
> On 26 October 2013 22:05, John R. Sowden <jsowden at> wrote:
>> how do I 'recover' a directory accidentally deleted-checked trash-empty.
>> found a reference to ubuntu one, but it seems to only recover in my 'public'
>> directory, and I cannot change the directories it appears
> How did you delete it?  Assuming you are in the nautilus file manager
> anything deleted should generally go in the trash.  Are you sure you
> did not accidentally drag it onto another folder so that it has been
> moved into that folder rather than deleted?  Try, in a terminal
> locate
> where is the name of one of your missing files or the name
> of the folder
> Colin
>> John
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I was using Thunar. Re: the search: looked with catfish, not there. I 
remember a window poppeed up saying it was deleting.  When I saw it was 
my ops directory (tried to delete nitro), I immediately (almost!) closed 
the window.  If I copy the /home/john directory to a usb drive, will it 
include the deleted files (this just happened)?

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