Disclaimer: I'm not very good at writing questions, and mine is a very specific scenario. So I'm just going to jump straight into the situation:
I was browsing my filesystem, and somehow managed to download the a tarfile containing two critical nodes (
tarfile::todo/code) from my local FS, and write it to the same file. Once I realized what the downloader was doing, I quickly stopped it and checked the tarfile to find, to my dismay, that only a small chunk was left, and the rest was truncated off. I don't know why it didn't back up the existing file before writing something else to it, or why session.tar wasn't commmitted my git repo, but now the whole thing's gone. I'm a very careful user, but when I fuck up, it's absolutely catastrophic.
After extundelete failed to recover the file, I browsed around here to find this, which gives a method combining grep and dd to find and read the data directly from the hard drive.
/home/userdirectory is mounted on a separate drive:
- Today is day two trying to recover the files.
- The output in the next paragraph was generated today.
Once I did the grep/dd combo, I got this output. How in the world do I use this to get my files back? I tried copying it into a
.file.swp and recovering with
vim -r in the hopes that it was a vim swapfile, but it isn't. I have never seen this format before, so I have no idea what any of it means.
I would really like to get this data back. As I said before, it's critical. It's the veritable basket that has all of my eggs. Losing it would be a painful blow to productivity and organization.