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    Default All files in home-dir disappeared? Anybody else?

    Hi all,

    I was experiencing something strange yesterday: All my non-hidden files from my home directory disappeared for no reason (as far as I see)! My home directory was empty as if I would have executed a "rm etc,etc" (which I am pretty sure I did not)...
    Everything else remained untouched (such as most of my files, which are only linked to my home-dir, other users home-dir...).
    Did anybody experience that? I am using opensuse 11.4 since a few days, no big issues. I can't tell exactly when that happend, so it is unclear to what that might be related. Probably while I was installing the "gnowsis" and "Tag the dragon" add-on to thunderbird..? Did I catch my first linux-virus?
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    Default Re: All files in home-dir disappeared? Anybody else?

    On 03/17/2011 07:36 PM, urbade wrote:
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    > Hi all,
    >
    > I was experiencing something strange yesterday: All my non-hidden files
    > from my home directory disappeared for no reason (as far as I see)! My
    > home directory was empty as if I would have executed a "rm -rf ~/"
    > (which I am pretty sure I did not)...
    > Everything else remained untouched (such as most of my files, which are
    > only linked to my home-dir, other users home-dir...).
    > Did anybody experience that? I am using opensuse 11.4 since a few days,
    > no big issues. I can't tell exactly when that happend, so it is unclear
    > to what that might be related. Probably while I was installing the
    > "gnowsis" and "Tag the dragon" add-on to thunderbird..? Did I catch my
    > first linux-virus?


    Did the partition containing /home actually get mounted? Please post the output
    from 'df' and 'cat /etc/fstab'.

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    Default Re: All files in home-dir disappeared? Anybody else?

    Hi lwfinger,

    actually I don't have a seperate home partition... it is part of my root/.
    so df -h delivers
    Code:
    Dateisystem          Gre Benut  Verf Ben%% Eingehngt auf
    rootfs                 33G   25G  6,0G  81% /
    devtmpfs              988M  204K  988M   1% /dev
    tmpfs                 994M  1,7M  992M   1% /dev/shm
    /dev/sda3              33G   25G  6,0G  81% /
    /dev/sda5             393G  332G   42G  89% /Daten
    /dev/sda1              33G   29G  2,1G  94% /opensuse.alt
    my fstab is
    Code:
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9500325AS_5VE27CFC-part2 swap                 swap       defaults              0 0       
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9500325AS_5VE27CFC-part3 /                    ext4       defaults              1 1       
    proc                 /proc                proc       defaults              0 0                                 
    sysfs                /sys                 sysfs      noauto                0 0                                 
    debugfs              /sys/kernel/debug    debugfs    noauto                0 0                                 
    usbfs                /proc/bus/usb        usbfs      noauto                0 0                                 
    devpts               /dev/pts             devpts     mode=0620,gid=5       0 0                                 
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9500325AS_5VE27CFC-part5 /Daten               ext3       defaults              1 2       
    /dev/disk/by-id/ata-ST9500325AS_5VE27CFC-part1 /opensuse.alt        ext4       defaults              1 2
    Sorry for the German in it!
    But it is definitely not a problem related to mounting, as all my hidden files were not affected... it really looks like rm -rf. And I didn't use it at that time :-).

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    On 03/18/2011 01:36 AM, urbade wrote:
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    > Did I catch my first linux-virus?


    none of my non-hidden files disappeared from my /home for no reason
    yesterday..

    i wonder, did yours come back or are they still disappeared?

    usually, immediately after a default install (and even used for just a
    few days) there won't be many (if any) non-hidden files in the root of
    your home directory....had you put some there? which and what kind?

    if you do this are they still disappeared:

    Code:
    cd ~
    ls
    what about if you do this:
    Code:
    cd ~/Download
    ls
    cd ~/Music
    ls
    cd ~/Pictures
    ls
    cd ~/Documents
    ls
    cd ~/Videos
    ls
    maybe some of the files which disappeared from your home got
    mysteriously moved to one of those directories?? maybe...

    and no, you didn't "catch" your first linux-virus because there are no
    linux viruses..

    now, you may have installed a root kit along with things you mention
    installing, but that is a different thing...root kits only get in
    through very poor operator security procedures..

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    did you find your files, or ??

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    Default Re: All files in home-dir disappeared? Anybody else?

    Dear all,

    sorry I didn't reply any more... Actually I wrote a nice long reply a three times, but was always kicked out by the opensuse forum, when I sent it Arrr!
    So now I try it again by typing everything in LibreOffice.

    So my point was not, that I lost any files I could not recover; Since I made a copy of all files, just before I installed opensuse 11.4, I simply copied everything back from the other partition.
    So nothing is lost, I was just concerned who that could happen, as I am pretty sure I did not delete those files. But since nobody else heard about that problem, I must assume that I am still responsible for it , even though I don't know how. And it never happened again, so all is fine..
    Thanks for all of your support,

    urbade

    Btw: Even though my status says puzzled penguin, I am not new to Linux: I am using suse since 1999. I can say for sure, that my home folder is empty . I was only to stupid to use the suse forum

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    On 04/19/2011 04:36 PM, urbade wrote:
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    > sorry I didn't reply any more... Actually I wrote a nice long reply a
    > three times, but was always kicked out by the opensuse forum, when I
    > sent it


    there is a timer somewhere that decides you can only be logged in x
    number of hours....it is stupid...i can be logged into my on line broker
    for all day, no problem....and with Google docs or mail for like two
    weeks...but here we have to live under the Novell iChain thumb, for a
    little longer..

    > Btw: Even though my status says puzzled penguin, I am not new to Linux:
    > I am using suse since 1999. I can say for sure, that my home folder is
    > empty . I was only to stupid to use the suse forum
    >


    neither Larry nor i used the web forum so we don't see if you are a
    "puzzled penguin" or a "Masterful Hacker" so don't assume either of us
    assumed you are, or were stupid..

    i do think your post is impossible to trouble-shoot from afar....you say
    you have been using openSUSE 11.4 for a few days, but you don't say if
    you upgraded or fresh installed, and from what...and, in either of those
    cases it could be possible to have a glich show up...which is why we
    recommend a backup of user data before moving to any level of openSUSE
    to any other....and i'm happy you had one...

    still, your post presents more questions than answers..

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