Linux files systems work great. Especially ext3 is a mature file
system and very robust. With journaling turned the filesystems stays
consistent also on an unexpected power loss or system crash (wich
normally never happens on linux
) and you don’t need long disk checks to repair the file system in such
a case. There is almost no disk fragmentation and a lot of more cool
features … But the best linux feature is: if you remove a file or
directory it’s gone.
It’s not moved to trash, its not marked as deleted, there are no
annoying messageboxes, it just does what you say. I love that!
But from time to time also experienced users make mistakes and you
delete something wrong. As Murphy’s law says: “if anything can go wrong
it will” and so you will not have a copy of the deleted files and the
backup will be outdated. So what to do now?
I want to explain the procedure by using the problem I had as example.
How the trouble came up for me
As usual I was working on my Gentoo Linux laptop. I just wanted to
add a new folder with sources to my subversion repository. I wanted to
add first the folder, then some files within the folder…Read more..