Questions tagged [lost-found]

The “lost+found” directory at the root of a filesystem is where the filesystem repair command, “fsck” puts chunks of data that do not belong to any file. Use this tag for questions relating to this directory and/or how it’s used by the filesystem repair process. Do not use this tag for questions about files or directories that are somehow missing from the filesystem.

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Is there a way to automatically restore system files from lost+found

I am running Debian Buster, and out of nowhere the file system of the root partition got corrupted. I wasn't doing anything out of the ordinary, just surfing the net basically, and at some point i ...
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If a directory is put in lost+found after running fsck, will it contain all of the original contents?

Let's say I have the following directory structure, in an ext4 filesystem: a/b/{1..9} (in other words, a/b/1, a/b/2, ... a/b/9) Suppose I am writing to a/b, and then I lose power. fsck runs and ...
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Should lost+found directories always be owned by root?

I'm using a script that creates file systems for specific users. One of the last operations of the script is a chown -R of the mount point to the user. This has the side effect to make the user the ...
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/var/lib/dpkg/ disappeared after fsck

All apt-like commands failed to create the lock file, because /var/lib/dpkg/ doesn't exist. Also, /lost+found/ has contents: pi@pi-top:~ $ sudo ls -al /lost+found/ total 102456 drwx------ 11 root ...
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What are the conditions that qualify a file as lost and found?

For files that fsck places in lost+found directory, under what circumstances does fsck consider a file to be lost, I have the following in my mind: For regular files: 1) If the inode links count is ...
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What is inode number of lost + found directory in Linux?

I used this to find the inodes, but can't locate lost + found in it find . -printf '%i\n' | sort -u | wc -l
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lost folder from /mnt and recovering

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.13.0-48-generic x86_64) on Amazon AWS. I had a folder "foo" in the /mnt and after few modification I had to recover to previous backup of the instance . ...
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Why is the directory /lost+found 16K instead of 4K bytes?

I was in the root direction, /, and I did ls -lah for whatever reason and looked at the folder sizes. I noticed that the folder lost+found has a size of 16K, while all of the other directories has a ...
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Where are my saved files in home folder?

I reinstalled my UBUNTU 12.04 after facing some crashing issues with my software. I have separate partitions for / and /home. Output of df -h: root@sougata-SATELLITE-L750:/home# df -h Filesystem ...
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Restore from lost+found

There was a problem on an EXT4 FS/memorycard and after and fsck all the files were put in the lost+found. Question: how can I restore the old filename/hierarchy from the lost+found? Or it is ...
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File missing after fsck

Recently, my HDD crashed and I had to run a fsck command. Many files were moved to the lost+found folder and I've retrieved the important ones using find and grep, but I can't find my SQL databases. ...
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Can you have multiple lost and found directories?

I was unaware of the mklost+found command until I read this question. The mklost+found command will make a new lost+found directory in the pwd. Why would you ever need to run this command? The lost+...
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Busybox NAS appliance

I have a NAS appliance that crashed last weekend. The IT guys apparently / maybe didn't recover it in the right way? There's about 50,000 directories in a "lost+found" directory each with a numeric ...
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What is the purpose of the lost+found folder in Linux and Unix?

There is a folder at the root of Linux and Unix operating systems called /lost+found/ What is it for? Under what circumstances would I interact with it? How would I interact with it?