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Old 11-27-2004, 07:31 AM   #1
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/home Gone

i'm in trouble
i was trying a tar command and it messed up my system i did
# tar cvfM /dev/hda2 500 /boot ..........I juat wanted to make a tarball into some pices each one=500k
but what happend is it made it Over my /home which is /dev/hda2
something like another layer on all users dir~z under /home
How can i remove this layer (solve this problem anyway without reinstalling linux) ..???

and also i dont see this tarball in /home ...
I rebooted and it wont boot of course and giving me a prompt
(Repair filesystem) and the output of mount command is

/dev/hda3 on / ext3 (rw)
none on /proc type proc (rw)
usbdevbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbdevfs (rw) {a usb hub}

any suggestions ..???

I hashed #/home line in fstab (while i'm on the repair mode)so it booted up but when lagging as a user it say no /home/user logging in with home="/".

Thank You...

Last edited by ziox; 11-27-2004 at 08:06 AM.
Old 11-27-2004, 07:56 AM   #2
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you wont see it on /dev/hda2, /dev/hda2 is the actually partition on the disk, including file system things, to "see" files means to look thru the file system .. apparently you wrote over that file system, and most diffidently files on that partition

you don't have to reinstall linux, or the distro tho, its not like you broke your system, you just trashed all your (and anyone else's) documents in /home .... just reput a file system on it, and add the users home docs, and hope you had nothing important in there

tho I'm no expert on ext2/3 file systems (per sonly i hate them), so there might be a way to recover ... maybe someone with some ext2/3 knowledge will see this thread?

and just for future reference, try to make the thread title a short description of the problem "/home Coverd" is a bit too short, and says nothing about your problem until you read your post


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