jerrymc at clunix.cl.msu.edu
Mon Apr 17 13:10:22 UTC 2006
> I think I may have a lost a file. I placed it in /tmp and rebooted
> the server. Now it is no longer there. Is the file recoverable at
The chances are very slim. Only if the space has not been
written over, which, in /tmp, is probably that it has, and
then only a small chance of recovery.
I think there are some tools that attempt to do that sort of
thing, probably in ports. I haven't heard of much success
with them and have never used one. They might work on a file
system that has been quiescent since the file was deleted. They
work by trying to fix up pointers that have been de-linked but
since /tmp is used as scratch space and its space gets reused a
lot, those pointers have probably been overwritten by now.
There are companies that specialize in recovering data, but
they are expensive.
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