undelete for FreeBSD current?

Robert Watson rwatson at freebsd.org
Wed Nov 12 19:31:20 PST 2003

On Wed, 12 Nov 2003, Barney Wolff wrote:

> On Thu, Nov 13, 2003 at 11:30:51AM +1030, Thyer, Matthew wrote:
> > I've done a bad thing and need to recover a single file in /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ after a rm -rf of /usr/local
> > 
> > I've kept the file system relatively quiet since then.
> TCT may help.  http://www.porcupine.org/forensics/tct.html but I don't
> think it's been tested with current/ufs2.  Also, don't expect to build
> it on the system and then find a deleted file. 
> But if you have a clue of what you're looking for, just grepping
> /dev/da<n> or /dev/ad<n> might work.  (grep -a -A100 -B100) 

Assuming that the file system had a fair amount of free space, and
therefore wasn't fragmented, I've always found the "strings" command quite
helpful in recovering text files after loss or deletion.  It can also be
nicely applied to /dev/mem if you accidentally close that pesky editor
window without save... 

Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
robert at fledge.watson.org      Network Associates Laboratories

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