I have had two systems now with a very strange problem. On both systems after a reboot and auto login to the primary (and only) user account files and indeed a whole directory were simply gone as well as desktop settings also held in the users home seem to have reverted to original settings.
On one of the machines an employee had this happen again but this time it not only lost some files and directories but for a few files were replaced by the old (a week ago) versions of the same file. In fact he said it was just like the system going back to a week ago, desktop background and all. The only curious thing though is Rendering reverted back to the default (XRender) but it had been changed to 3 weeks ago to OpenGL (to allow 3D flgrx to work) and this reverted back to XRender.
I have used OpenSuse for years and am very Linux knowledgeable and have never seen anything like it. It is a very disturbing behavior though. Is there anyone else out there who has observed this or something similar occurring?? Any ideas what may cause this behavior??
The only theory I have is something that KDE or related “user services” is doing that is supposed to be a new feature but is really horribly buggy.
I am using OpenSuSe 12.3 with updates as of about 3 weeks ago, the KDE desktop, EXT4 filesystems (separate root and /home), AMD Radeon graphics with Catalyst driver. Overall nothing real special. System otherwise is very stable.