In the most specific, unemotional terms:
Reinstalled os, using 11.10(1 month after release to skip initial issues that usually crop up).
Configured system to my specifications(just ways of organizing config files, etc).
Log back in after after an hour or so...to find my home directory obliterated and just a few skeleton files existing.
think oh well, try again (this has happened before with an install for reasons I've never been able to pinpoint, usually around install time with some sort of update but its never been a major recurring issue)
same thing happens
I thought something was awry, so I reinstalled again (another 20 minutes, meh)
Set up system, arranged home directory a bit differently thinking maybe I tread on something I shouldn't have.
log out, come back --- the same thing. Most of the directories I added were deleted (e.g. .xmonad which links to xmonad.hs in my portable config directory)
tl;dr every change I make in my home directory gets deleted.
I'll willingly fill in details as needed, this was just a start to see if anyone can help, I've found no trace of this issue in a search.
EDIT: mount/df -h info, in the spirit of being helpful
/dev/mapper/sda1_crypt on / type ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro,commit=0) proc on /proc type proc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev) sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev) fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw) none on /sys/kernel/debug type debugfs (rw) none on /sys/kernel/security type securityfs (rw) udev on /dev type devtmpfs (rw,mode=0755) devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=0620) temp on /tmp type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,noatime,size=700M,mode=1777) tmpfs on /run type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,size=10%,mode=0755) none on /run/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,size=5242880) none on /run/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev) vartemp on /var/tmp type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,noatime,size=50M) /dev/sdc1 on /boot type ext4 (rw,commit=0) binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev) gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/ka/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=ka) Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/sda1_crypt 19G 4.4G 14G 26% / udev 3.9G 4.0K 3.9G 1% /dev temp 700M 16K 700M 1% /tmp tmpfs 1.6G 928K 1.6G 1% /run none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock none 4.0G 1.3M 4.0G 1% /run/shm vartemp 50M 8.0K 50M 1% /var/tmp /dev/sdc1 369M 39M 312M 12% /boot
note, none of the directories/files are files that would be outside my home directory, i.e. nothing weird or obscure, just config files that would be there to begin with. My tmp/vartmp are non standard(memory only mounted on boot), perhaps I need to look at those again (which I haven't for a while). The install is on an encrypted lvm if that counts as well.
With a fresh install,doing only incremental and least radical changes, this happened yet again. This was after I went into an xmonad session, after installing chromium-browser. So one of two issues: my xmonad session (where I start gnome-settings-daemon, no problems previous although that would be my immediate random guess) or the chromium-browser install.
Still really, really irritating and preventing from moving on with my install :/
STILL happening, even with the merest changes. I've had problems with Ubuntu, but this is an issue with the Ubuntu I've grown accustomed to using.
Suggestions on another forum indicate that this could be an issue with the encryption, which I use in setup but am not an expert in understanding its inner workings. I can find no trace of my specific issue, but then again I'm not sure where to look (meaning, I use Ubuntu but I'm not at all conversant with bug/issue searching because I've had few problems and have been able to solve what few problems that cropped up). I may just install 10.04LTS in the meantime.