Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 27145
most files deleted from home directory
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:31:25 EDT
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Something on my system deleted most of the files in my home directory,
though this excluded a chain of directories that where left containing only
a symbolic link. It is just over 10 days since these files where written,
and the deletion occured shortly after the machine was started, so I was
wondering whether it is possible that tmpwatch has started removing files
outside its specified area.
Reproducible: Didn't try
no, this is impossible, unless you have changed /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch script.
I haven't changed /etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch . However spontaneous deletion of
files is certainly a bug in my opinion, though I agree it is not necessarily
with tmpwatch. I was starting X at the time I noticed it, though the files
removed weren't all related to X/gnome. The files were deleted soon after I
started the machine up, as my initial login had the Redhat standard prompt, but
in a later login it had changed to "bash-2.04$".
It is also possible I had a symbolic link to my home directory in files in /tmp
in a saved copy of the home directory from a previous installation.
Running rpm -V on installed packages reveals a lot of files on the system that
have gone missing. I assume at least some of this deletion happened today as
various applications that worked yesterday are no longer working. I think you
may want to have another look at this bug report.