Files removed from file system during Fedora Core Upgrade
Hello. I'm new here. Unfortunately, I come to you with a problem.
I am a Fedora Core user. I just upgraded from Fedora Core 3 to 4 today. Upon rebooting, I discovered that the directory wherein I stored all of my media files had mysteriously vanished (almost 50GB!!).
I'm guessing that this is because I put the directory in the /misc folder, and now that seems stupid, but I did it a long time ago and never bothered to change it. Is this the reason?
But it doesn't seem that the files were deleted, just removed from teh file system. I scanned /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 (the logical volume my root file system is on) with Filelight, and it says that the volume is using 53 GB of it's 168 GB, but that the root file system is only using 6.1 gb.
53 - 6 = 47, the amount of missing data.
I know, this one is bizarre. Any help would be truly appreciated. At the very least, I would like to be able to get back the disk space the missing files are taking up, but I would like the files if at all possible.
Best way to find what has happened is
1) Check what Partitions you have..
#> cat /etc/fstab
and mark all those starting with /dev/mapper/Vol...
2) run mount command to see if they all are mounted
3) If not manually mount them
mount -t ...
4) issue a find for your media files... (assuming .mp3 files)
#>find / -name *.mp3 -print
Check if you can locate any of the missing files ? If Yes then mark the folder and that your folder...
Otherwise you might have just deleted in autopartitioning (maybe!)
Good luck & please let us know what happened, I can see this happening to others.
I checked out my fstab and compared it to mount:
I've decided that since I have most of the missing files backed up on a couple of other computers, I'm just going to scrap this. SInce it's a new computer anyway, I'm not standing to lose much. I'm just going to back up ~ and reinstall, this time with a better partition setup.
All I can really say about this is that it pays to have files backed up, and be mindful of where you put things on your system.
By the way, does anybody know what the /misc directory is for?
Thanks for the help, though.
There is no mention of '/misc' in the current (2.3) ver. of the FHS (Filesystem Hierarchy Standard), or its predecessor Linux Filesystem Structure -- Release 1.2. I have just checked 4 distros: SimplyMEPIS 3.3, SmoothWall Express, FC3, & FC4. Only the FC's have a '/misc'. My memory says that RH 8.0 & 7.3 also had this directory, maybe it's a RedHat-ism.
At one time I thought that it is for miscellaneous packages (if I were correct, it would seem to have been replaced by '/opt'). However, at least one piece of RH documentation seems to indicate that it's for NFS sharing.
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