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post #1 of 19
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just like the title states. i put everything in there to backup my home folder so i could re-create my profile. well, after reboot, nothing is there that i put. did i just have a stupid-moment and lose all my music and pictures?
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post #2 of 19
Yeah ummm, it's supposed to reset.... You shouldn't put anything in temp that you want to keep. However, you should be able to get some of that back with recovery stuff.
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post #3 of 19
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is there a specific program that falls under "recovery stuff"? guess i'll mark that down as a lesson learned. i saw tmp, i thought "oh look a temp folder already made".
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post #4 of 19
Yeah that's a system temp folder, /tmp is the same as C:\\windows/temp or whatever. though linux ALWAYS cleans it's tmp thoroughly. Find out what FS your running, that will make it easier/harder to do recovery. It's probably EXT4, which has journaling. You can use the old journal records to recovery files, so there are some good recovery programs for that.
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post #5 of 19
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it is EXT4.
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post #6 of 19
http://extundelete.sourceforge.net/

a lot of the freeware/commercial file recovery programs support EXT4 as well, but the longer you use the system and don't recover the files the less you will recover. I'd suggest you boot into windows so you don't use that partition and recover with something like recuva or whatever.
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post #7 of 19
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after reading their website, i still can't figure out how to properly run the program. i keep getting

"/tmp" is a directory. You need to use the raw filesystem device (or a copy thereof).

and also, i should have stated in the beginning, i'm not on my sig rig, i'm on my toughbook so i am not able to boot into windows.
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post #8 of 19
TMP is cleaned every time you restart your computer and I THINK also whenever you log in and out, but I don't remember. I know every time I restart my machine it is clear.
 
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post #9 of 19
Just on restarts I believe, at least that would make most sense. I don't actually know. =X Is that bad? lol
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post #10 of 19
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well after figuring out the program (i think) it's not showing anything that's recoverable so far.

thank you both for the quick responses. +rep
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