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In UNIX or Linux, once it is deleted, it is gone. KDE and GNOME have "trash bins," which act as a storage area for "deleted" files until you confirm that you really want to delete them. Once they are deleted from there (or when any file is deleted using the command line), that is the end.
Oh no...Aw man! Maybe FireFox has like some backup file where stuff that is downloaded is made copies of? Or maybe these files have backups in some hidden system file of Debian?
Unfortunately, as stated above, deleting a file in Linux is not the same as in Windows. When the file is deleted, it really is gone... I'm not sure if the cache in Firefox would help or not. I think that is just for storing temp files and information from web pages that you have visited... Not for actual downloaded files...
Someone suggested Foremost to me before. I don't know how to use it though. Is there any guide I can follow to recover these files? The extensions on all of them are "Plain Text Documents" (I use Kwrite).
Distribution: Mac OS X Leopard 10.6.2, Windows 2003 Server/Vista/7/XP/2000/NT/98, Ubuntux64, CentOS4.8/5.4
If I were you, I hope you are accessing and posting on another computer. I wouldn't want to be working on the computer that I am trying to recover files from. Might accidentally make it harder to recover. Oh yes, and don't shut off the affected computer, either! GOod luck and let us know if you retrieve the file or not.