reiserfs undeletion: the lost, the found, and the ugly

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When mass-renaming video files for Mai-HiME (which I recommend to anime fans out there, unless anything involving magical girls in any way is not your thing; but not the point), I made a mistake in the mv command, which caused all files to be moved to a single destination. I quickly pressed Ctrl-C, but the first four files were lost.

I immediately Googled up an instruction on undeleting files on reiserfs, which (to my dismay) involved unmounting the partition and running reiserfsck --rebuild-tree -S as root. My first thought was: “What a fool I was to choose reiserfs! Surely ext3 can handle undeletion much more gracefully!”

Anyway,