I foolishly moved usr on my Ubuntu 12.04 system

I did:

cp -rp /usr /home/usr
ln -s /home/usr /usr

Now networking has stopped working. I don't know if anything else is broken (the launcher lost things, but that's easy to fix) Can I recover from this without repartioning and starting over?


Provided that nothing got severly screwed during the original operation, reversing the process should move things back to normal if a reboot is applied afterwards:

unlink /usr
cp -rp /home/usr /usr

If the above resolves the issue, you can safely delete /home/usr

  • Are you sure? I am assuming there is a hard link somewhere. Reversing won't fix that. My current theory is a delete-install of the networking package. Which name I should remember because I broke it recently and searching hasn't come up with it. – Jim Rootham Apr 27 '14 at 19:24
  • That theory failed. Will try copying back. – Jim Rootham Apr 28 '14 at 15:48

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