I found this in my daily cron messages today:
And a chill ran up my spine.
You see, the tmp_skulker.sh script deletes files older than 7 days since last access in any directory named tmp. This has been in place for nearly a year now. Last week, I copied my aunt’s hard drive to a file – auntsueNTFS.gz. I decided to put it in /home/homelan/tmp because directories named tmp don’t get included in the daily backups (her 500GB drive wouldn’t fit on my 120GB external backup drive). So the skulker did its duty and deleted my aunt’s backup image. Gah! Sometimes sysadmins are really stupid. Or maybe I just suck at sysadmining.