Find removed files still in use via /proc

ls -l /proc/*/fd/* | grep 'deleted'| grep "\/proc.*\file-name-part"
Accidentally deleted some file while used by a program ? (Eg: a song) Use this command to find the file handle and recover using cp /proc/pid/fd/filehandle /new/recoverd-file.ext
Sample Output
to@tolaptop:~$ ls -l /proc/*/fd/* | grep 'deleted'| grep "\/proc.*\.mp3"

lr-x------ 1 totti root 64 2012-09-13 14:24 /proc/3275/fd/27 -> /home/to/Downloads/07. AAA.mp3.part (deleted)

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By: totti
2012-09-13 09:54:16

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  • Oracle DBA remove some logfiles which are still open by the database and he is complaining the space has not been reclaimed? Use the above command to find out what PID needs to be stopped. Or alternatively recover the file via: cp /proc/pid/fd/filehandle /new/file.txt Show Sample Output


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    find -L /proc/*/fd -links 0 2>/dev/null
    res0nat0r · 2009-06-26 18:42:51 2

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