Yesterday I somehow managed to screw up my home partition. It was a cryptsetup-luks encrypted partition and it seems like I wrote over the beginning of the partition when updating grub, which I had to do due to some re-partitioning… Today was consequently mostly spent on fixing that mess. At home I usually keep a copy of the most current Fedora Rescue CD. Or several copies. Well – I am not at home. And the Ubuntu 7.10 Live CD does not support LVM… Quite a hazzle with a not-so-happy ending.

Anyway, my „new“ /home is now bigger (who would not like that) and my last backup is luckily less than two weeks old. Rdiff-backup is doing its thing and restoring (almost) all data.

Lessons learned:

  • backup, backup, backup
  • never screw with a system if you don’t have a rescue cd at hands
  • backup, backup, backup
  • rdiff-backup works really well *

Next time, I just won’t resize but delete stuff instead…

* somehow one directory within my ~/.evolution can not be restored. rdiff-backup hangs at 100% cpu and seems to do nothing on that 4 MB directory with ~20 files in it. I didn’t find anything on that, but if anyone knows something…

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