Myself wrote:Only thing that tells me they are still there is the disk free space hasn't changed.
That might or might not tell you that, it certainly isn't a reliable method, since Linux wont remove file space used by deleted files, until they are needed by new files, new writes that happen to be using those specific file node locations on the hard drive partition..
If they have been deleted, they will be invisible to the OS via the normal means
the shift + delete option is to permanently remove a file, the normal delete saves it in the .trash
--you can try some Linux or OSS utilities to help you find such files..
Find might also help if you want to try some of the examples available, to locate your owner files..http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-fin ... art-1.htmlhttp://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-fin ... part-1.htm
Photorec is another utility to find deleted files..http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/linux-fin ... art-1.html
If you have an idea of the file sizes for those files, you can use find to search for used space (files taking up) by size
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find . -size +100 -print
--or some such check size option
--change (CD / ) to root ( /) to search the whole drive
Or you could search (find) with the time option, if you have an idea when the file was deleted
--and so on: experiments needed.
There might be something in that find utility, that will help.
I don't know, but from your last comment, it seems to me that you aren't that worried about the files (anymore), only that they might be taking up directory space on the hard drive..
--there aren't really any de-fragmenters for Linux, we just keep using the file system until it has a problem, such as running low on file space.