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Thread: Just lost all my data

  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2006

    Just lost all my data

    Okay, something really messed up just happened to my main desktop running Kubuntu Karmic. I was just changing some folder locations in the "About Me" manager (the Music, Documents, and Downloads folders to be specific) and after I hit Apply I got an error message about the location not being valid. After that I noticed that part of my desktop had reverted to the default colors and icons, and when I went into my Home folder none of my data was there anymore. In fact, nothing was there anymore. The entire thing had reverted back to its original state (as if I had just installed Kubuntu) with all my data and applications gone. Yes gone; I can't find them anywhere and my partition is 100GBs bigger (the exact amount of stuff I had already installed).
    Needless to say I'm raging right now and have no idea what happened. It's not the HDD I'm sure as I always check its SMART status. Anyone have any idea what happened?
    Processor: AMD Phenom 9650 Quad-Core @ 3.04GHz, Motherboard: LP DK 790FX-M2RS, Chipset: ATI RD790 + SB600, System Memory: 3960MB, Disk: 640GB WDC WD6401AALS-0, Graphics: HD4850 @ 750/1100, Screen Resolution: 1680x1050

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    De Kwakel - Holland

    Re: Just lost all my data

    You have used your filemanager/terminal to check if stuff is really not in /home/<yourusername>?
    Guess you did..

    Don't see how stuff can magically disappear to be honest..
    At least I'd stop using the system and mount it from a livesystem, so at least you won't destroy accidentally deleted data and you can start restoring it..
    Last edited by kellemes; November 15th, 2009 at 09:24 AM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Ubuntu Development Release

    Re: Just lost all my data

    have you looked in nautilus under home>users>?

    sounds like it's there somewhere.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2007

    Re: Just lost all my data

    Quote Originally Posted by UbuntoJO View Post
    have you looked in nautilus under home>users>?
    The thread has a [kubuntu] tag. :3

    Regarding what you're experiencing, I opened up About Me and had a try myself.

    Some of the values pointed to my home folder, though I'm 100% positive I had changed them before, shortly after installation (during Karmic betas). For instance, my Documents path was pointing to /home/zorael. Setting it to the correct directory, /main/documents, I get a dialog window;
    The path for 'Documents' has been changed.
    Do you want the files to be moved from '/home/zorael/' to '/main/documents/'?
    Obviously, saying 'yes' here would move my entire home to my documents directory.

    I imagine you answered yes and your home is now somewhere in your (new) Desktop/Documents/Downloads/Movies/Pictures/Music directory.

    This should perhaps be filed as a bug, to save users from themselves when the paths point to home. It *did* do as instructed, but I'm not sure why the values would be unset/set to home to begin with. I guess a case can be made for there to be a sanity check before asking to move the files, so that it doesn't try to move home.

    edit, from #kubuntu-devel;
    [12:56] <apachelogger> zorael:
    [12:57] <apachelogger> zorael: also, IIRC none of the default locations points to $HOME, so the only way this could happen is by users poking around in the config or by a very long upgrade path (probably starting before 8.04)
    [13:08] <zorael> apachelogger: In my case the config file was tampered with before account creation (/etc/xdg/user-dirs.defaults). The paths I pointed them to were on a different partition (/main), so perhaps at some boot it failed to mount and went crazy? *shrug*
    [13:14] <apachelogger> *shrug* that user-dirs stuff is magic to me :) here.
    Last edited by Zorael; November 15th, 2009 at 01:30 PM. Reason: IRC snippets


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