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MissPerfekt 10-13-2012 01:49 PM

Problem with my back ups
For the last few months I've been backing up my files to device null because a friend told that's faster and more secure. But now my system crashed and I'm trying to get last weeks back up.

but I can't cd to null, and if I ls it just says /dev/null. I tried to use less on it but it says it's not a regular file. It's says "Use -f to see it", but that gives me an empty page.

So how can I get my files out of device null? Please help me I really need my back ups.

suicidaleggroll 10-13-2012 02:07 PM

Uhhhh...I think you need to slap your friend.

/dev/null is a black hole. A bottomless pit in which you can throw anything and it disappears forever. It's generally used as a destination where you can pipe script output that you don't want. It can't be used for backing anything up, as anything that's sent to /dev/null is gone.

Your friend probably told you that as a joke, assuming you wouldn't actually take him seriously. Similar to the old chat room/online gaming joke to hit Alt+F4 to increase your bandwidth.

/dev/random 10-13-2012 02:14 PM

Hi MissPerfekt.
You can't get any files back from /dev/null, /dev/null is essentially a blackhole what goes in can never come back out.
You data is lost for good if you have indeed been backing up to /dev/null

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