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11. Final touch

If in Section 9 you choosed to get files with the size of zero back you now have a problem, because those files has a non-zero deletion time and their link count is zero. That means that every time e2fsck is running it will prompt to remove (clear) those files.

The easy way to solve this is to copy the whole directory structure to another place (it can be the same partition) and then delete the old directory structure. Otherwise you will have to locate those inodes and change them with debugfs.

Now if everything have went well, things should have been restored to its original state before deletion. At least it did for me and in those tests I have made while writing this. Be sure that you have brought up to the preconditions described in Section 2.