I was just moving some stuff around on my Windows XP machine. So that I wouldn't run out of room moving between partitions, I moved a bunch of stuff to a Samba share on my Linux machine (via My Network Places in WinXP).

I had thought I had moved the files back and deleted them off the Linux box via My Network Places. But -- oops! -- I hadn't finished moving them. Therefore, I lost half my files.

Now my question ... does Linux by any chance put these files in a trash folder or something, or are they gone forever?

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Hey kaynine, thanx for the reply ... but (unfortunately) I couldnt find the answer anywhere :( . I ended up reformatting the Linux box last night anyway (so it doesn't even matter anymore).

First thing's first ... those files weren't ultra important b/c they were ... how should I say ... warez ;)

The box was running RedHat 7.3 and I figured I might as well upgrade to Redhat 8 ... so I did an upgrade. But a lot of the underlying structure changed, and it screwed a lot of proggies I already had installed up. So I figured I'd do a nice clean install with RedHat 8.

(I know, I know ... Linux is supposed to last, but, eh ... oh well!)


No prob ... I was almost positive they were gone for good anyways. It's a similar scenerio to lets say you use Network Neighborhood to delete files off a remote pc. They are permanently deleted - not in either recycle bin. It was the same thing only the remote pc was a Linux box.

Oh well.

In any case ... I'm just havin' a good ol' time playing around with RedHat 8. Quick question though ... does anyone know why KPackage doesn't come with KDE for RedHat 8? It's included with all previous versions?


This topic took a real weird turn to a debate about RedHat 8, so I split it off into a separate topic entitled "RedHat 8"



Linux doesn't use a "Recycle Bin" when deleting files, including files that are stored in a shared directory using Samba. If you delete files in a shared directory on a *nix machine, they're gone, just as if you typed rm -rf in a shell.

While the later version of 2.x and the newest version (3.01) add an option in smb.conf to include a "Recycle Bin" in the directory, I haven't yet got it to work on either Linux or FreeBSD. (Hey, it's not perfect yet, but they're working on it:)

My suggestion would be to COPY them back to your XP box, then once you're sure you have everything, wipe 'em from the *nix box. This is also good practice, in the event you have a sudden power loss and both boxes shut down (or something along those lines, like the power supply blowing chunks or the motherboard cracking in half) you'll have two copies of the files. Then you can safely remove the unwanted copies.


No samba does not send anything to a recycle bin. For the main reason that the daemon is running on the linux machine which of course does not have a recycle bin.

What I do is store an image of my hard disk as a backup on a network drive. That way if I ever need to do a reinstall...I can get my files from my backup.

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