I am running Ubuntu-server-16.04 in VirtualBox. I was trying to delete a folder in home directory and instead of running:

rm -rf folder_name

I run:

rm -rf *

and deleted everything.

This maybe wishful thinking but does Ubuntu somehow keep a backup of home folder?


No. Creating a backup is a task for the owner of the system or the owner of the data.

Using it in a virtual system you should regularly make backups of that system. It takes seconds to copy one.

You can even automate the backup from the main OS so you have a daily backup.

  • Well 'live and learn', I guess. Thankfully none of the config files were deleted. – zindarod Apr 8 '17 at 16:43

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