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slovin 05-06-2002 09:39 AM

Help! Critical
 
I used ARK (archieving) today and added some documents to pack them and send over email, however, some error occured and the program closed. Now, I CAN'T FIND THOSE DOCUMENTS!

I've been working on them for over a week and I don't know where they are now?! I've searched the whole harddrive for them with no avail. Even went to /tmp to see if anything is there but there is NOTHING.

I know I should've made a backup and I will probably will for the rest of my life but please help me on this one! They must be available SOME WHERE on the harddrive, they cannot be gone just like that. Is there a tool, a method, a procedure, a way to get my files back?

I'm in a state of panic now! please help!!

zLinuxz 05-06-2002 10:35 AM

Hey, please use a more HELPFUL title next time man, you ainr helping yourself by just putting please help on the title, ok??

When you say you looked for, you mean you manually opened many folders? or did you use a search tool??

try find / -name 'filename'

or locate filename

And since you didn't even give us what kind of files, or what there were made on, can't help you any further. Be more explicit next time.


:rolleyes: zLinuxz:rolleyes:

Mara 05-06-2002 10:39 AM

It's possible that your documents are gone, unfortunatelly. It might happen when you choose to move to archive. Most programs first check if it was correctly-written, but...
You may have a copy of your document on swap (search it as a file for a sentece/part of your document) or serach the whole partition for it (/dev/hda? ). If it's somewhere you'll find it, but it may take a lot of time.

slovin 05-06-2002 10:42 AM

Sorry! but I couldn't think well when I posted.

Well, I'm on Suse 8.0 and KDE 3.0 if that's any helpful.

I lost one document file .doc and some graphics .png files.

I did a search for all file names with extention .doc and found nothing, searched the /tmp very well and nothing, finally, I used 'grep' to and gave it a string that is in the document and nothing came back.

what else is there to do?

zLinuxz 05-06-2002 10:48 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by Mara
It's possible that your documents are gone, unfortunatelly. It might happen when you choose to move to archive.
Well, Mary could be right on the money when she said this. If you want however, try searching for the actual name of the file, instead of the extension. Linux is not like Windows which relies on extensions so much. It's possible that eventhough you think they have an extension, they don't at all.
Other than that...Like Mara said, try any other partitions you may have.

zLinuxz

pd. Mara(no, I haven't tried the strawberry pierogi, but I heard those are killer ones, :p)

Mara 05-06-2002 02:16 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by slovin
Sorry! but I couldn't think well when I posted.

Well, I'm on Suse 8.0 and KDE 3.0 if that's any helpful.

I lost one document file .doc and some graphics .png files.




Search the whole Linux partition/partitions. I mean, let's say your Linux is on /dev/hda5. Open /dev/hda5 file and search text from your document in it. Repeat with other partitions. If you can find it somewhere, it is somewhere on this partition. If not, nothing can be done.

slovin 05-06-2002 02:42 PM

Well, I did a full search for all partions, nill.

Fortunately, I found a printed copy of the documentation that is two days old that I forgot about it, that is much less severe than a full loss.

I also contacted the developers of ARK and they admitted they have a bug that deletes files from the file system when added to an archive.

They said it's fixed in the CVS now.

Mara 05-07-2002 04:23 AM

So you have something. Much better than before...
Next time have a backup copy. Or maybe install your own cvs? It helps much in such situations.


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