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[opensuse] deleted my /home directory
  • From: Nkoli <coomac@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2009 14:09:24 -0500
  • Message-id: <e67787dd0901071109l140314bdhe1bb0b07d5a75359@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 7:10 AM, James Knott <james.knott@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
John R. Sowden wrote:
On my last upgrade from 10.3 to 11.0, Suse installed the 10.3 root directory
into my home directory, which I never noticed because I don't go there, until
a few days ago when I decided to upgrade from 11.0 to 11.1. As I was
deleting these directories, I accidently deleted my home directory. I don't
keep much there, but linux and its apps do. Is there a recovery.

I've used photorec for recovering files before, but the file system
wasn't ext3. If you were using ext3, you may find this site

Yep. Just recover them from your back ups.

LOL I don't think he'd be asking if he had backups.

No one is addressing the issue of the fact that I cannot connect a usb stick
drive in the live mode. Is this the case, or am I trying to do something
that has not been done? The reason that I am using the live mode is because
linux will not boot with the home directory missing.

Several responses already addressed the usb stick - check fdisk -l and
dmesg to see if the drive is detected. The OS just needs /root, /boot,
/etc, /proc and a couple others to boot - /home is only necessary to
actually load your user's desktop. You can still log in as root and do
whatever you need to do. Iirc a home directory is automatically
created if one isn't available... as long as your /etc/fstab isn't
pointing to the non-existent /home.

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