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Old 08-27-2005, 12:43 AM   #1
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KDE deleted my files! A "copy to" tale of woe

Ok, it's probably my fault, but hear me out. I was backing up some important files (chat logs, email, etc.) to my 2nd computer's share folder which I had mounted using smb4k. For the chat logs I copied and pasted using ctrl+c and ctrl+v like I normally do. For my email folder, I decided to use the "copy to" function in KDE and browsed to smb4k > computer_name > share_folder and I saw "copy here" right above the share folder name. I took that as meaning "copy my files to the share folder", which apparently is wrong. Also, turns out that I accidently selected "move to" instead of "copy to". So, it tried to move my files to no particular directory on my second computer and it didn't give me any error messages about it. It just deleted all my email files! I do have a semi-recent backup, but it's from maybe 2 weeks ago, not that I've gotten many important emails recently anyway...

I'm using reiserfs so there aren't really any easy ways to recover the files it seems (unless anyone knows one?) but I am upset that KDE didn't say something like "hey, you can't move files here, stupid!" I dunno, I just wanted to vent more than anything, but any suggestions on getting my files back would be appriciated.
Old 08-27-2005, 01:05 AM   #2
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Sorry, I cannot help you get your files back, but this is one of the problems associated with using KDE or any other GUI to do important moves / copies / backups.
Having made a similar mistake I always use the command line now! That way you'll get to see the error messages and know your command has not behaved as expected.


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