Unable to find a folder

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thanosfrag
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Unable to find a folder

Post by thanosfrag » Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:46 am

Hi guys,

I used tor-browser to download a pdf document this morning. The pdf file was downloaded into one of my folders in my documents main folder. However, since then, I cant find the folder where the pdf was placed. It seems like the folder has completely disappeared from my system. I sought for it extensively using the search function (even on the rubbish bin), but I couldn't located.

Does any know any other method of tracing a folder?

I running LM 17.3 XFCE.

Thanks.

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Re: Unable to find a folder

Post by Cosmo. » Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:49 am

Are you sure, that you downloaded the file? If you have opened it in your browser, you get only a temporary file, which will be deleted, when you close the browser or at least if you reboot.

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Re: Unable to find a folder

Post by thanosfrag » Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:57 am

Hi Cosmo,

the pdf was downloaded into a folder which had many other pdf docs in it. The problem is that the whole folder with pdfs has disappeared.

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Re: Unable to find a folder

Post by Cosmo. » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:19 am

If a folder vanishes, there are only 2 thinkable reasons for it:

Either you deleted the folder - might be unintentionally.
Or there is a problem with the file system. Although rather unlikely. Check this: Open a terminal and enter

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sudo touch /forcefsck
This will do a file system check at the next reboot. Note, that the next time you boot it will take some more time, but that is a one time setting, the following boots are again as used to be.

Most likely not doable for you, if you do not make regularly backups: Restore the folder from your backup. General rule: Not backed up data is superfluous data.

Last chance: Install testdisk and use photorec to find the lost files. Good luck.

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Re: Unable to find a folder

Post by administrollaattori » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:37 am

Cosmo. wrote: Last chance: Install testdisk and use photorec to find the lost files. Good luck.
Also R-Linux is easy to use, and it finds deleted files and folders.
http://www.r-tt.com/free_linux_recovery/Download.shtml
show deleted folders option
show deleted folders option

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Re: Unable to find a folder

Post by Mute Ant » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:54 am

My first attempt would be to search for any folder in my home...

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find  ~  -type d
...or for .pdf files...

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find  ~  -type f  -iname "*.pdf"
While you're waiting, read the free novel we sent you. It's a Spanish story about a guy named "manual".

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Re: Unable to find a folder

Post by atari800 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 6:29 am

Alternatively you can execute

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sudo updatedb
locate "*.pdf"
This will locate all PDF's on your local machine
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Re: Unable to find a folder

Post by Pepi » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:24 am

Mute Ant wrote:My first attempt would be to search for any folder in my home...

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find  ~  -type d
...or for .pdf files...

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find  ~  -type f  -iname "*.pdf"
Very good information 8)

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Re: Unable to find a folder

Post by thanosfrag » Wed Apr 20, 2016 9:19 am

Thanks for your suggestions. I followed each of them, no success. It's quite puzzling!

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