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Old 11-10-2003, 07:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy Overwrote a file mistake - what can i do?


I am extremely new to Linux,having installed RH9.

I was using OpenOffice when I accidentally overwrote a spreadsheet I was working on with a uncomplete version. Unfortunately the is no backup created on saving.....

Is there anything I can do to recover the file - The partition is a ext3 FS Type.....

Thanks very much....
Old 11-10-2003, 07:44 PM   #2
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What can you do? :-D

/me suggests giving it a proper funeral with a wake and burial rights...
Old 11-10-2003, 07:52 PM   #3
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i am running mandrake and there is an undelete how-to included. i'm guessing there will be an undelete how-to included w/ redhat. you could try reading up on that(providing it exists). it has been my experience that once you overwrite an existing file there is no recovery. the only file recovery i've ever read or done comes from "some file deleted" and not yet overwritten. sorry to be no more help. good luck.
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Hi Peace, and sorry to discourage you,
but undelete only works for deleted files.
Once the content of a file changes and
it gets written back to disk there's no
restore option.

I don't know though whether ext3's
journal would allow for a roll-back.


Last edited by Tinkster; 11-10-2003 at 07:56 PM.
Old 11-10-2003, 08:09 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses so far guys.......also doing a search on google for rollback......



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