[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote at 2007-3-12 07:54 -0400:
>Forgive the long (but necessary) background. I bought a new 500 GB hard drive 
>for my server located on the other side of the world. I accidentally entered 
>an erroneous command to copy everything from the old HD to the new one and 
>ended up corrupting the OS. However, the *first* thing that happened was that 
>command zapped my Data.fs. It was located on the new HD with a symlink for the 
>entire var dir going from the old HD to the new one. 

This is very easy to do: copying a file to an (existing) destination
opens and truncates the destination. When the destination happens
to be equal to the source, the source is truncated as well -- and you have
lost your data.

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