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Old 20th November 2009
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Question File Restore

Hi,

I am wondering if anyone has any info for restoring deleted files?

Is there such a thing like a "recycle bin" where I could "undelete" a file under OpenBSD?

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No.

This is a FAQ, on misc@.
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When you delete a file, you remove its inode.. an inode is a special piece of "metadata" that every file/directory must have.

It is essentially the glue that holds the file together, physically a file is split up into blocks or chunks and can be anywhere on the filesystem.. without the inode you'll have no idea where the actual data is, and finding it is improbable.

As jggimi said, this is often asked on the mailing lists.. and the answer is always the same.. make backups, and be careful what you delete.

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Rats! Well thank you both for your help/input. I figured I would check anyhow.

Would there be such a thing like "shadow copies" in Windows?
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No. To aid your basic research (in the hopes you will eventually do some):

The Fast File System we use is described in /usr/share/doc/smm/05.fastfs (See /usr/share/doc/README)

The Enhanced Fast File System (FFS2), introduced in 4.3-release, supports filesystems larger than 2TB.
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