So, looking in a bit more detail I found some 8 occurrences of this odd thing! A "unsuspecting" file (in general a figure) would be turned into a directory and that directory would contain a full copy of the Linux installation, like in:
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paulo@ubuntu:cd /media/paulo/Seagate Expansion Drive/home/paulo/KnotFigs/10_37.eps paulo@ubuntu:/media/paulo/Seagate Expansion Drive/home/paulo/KnotFigs/10_37.eps$ ls bin etc lost+found proc selinux updmap.texlive.new boot home media root srv updmap.texmf.new cdrom lib mnt run sys usr dev lib64 opt sbin tmp var
I have now (3 days into the process) chased some 30 occurrences of the entire Linux installation inserted at some point of the disk, and I am suspecting more and more this to be a bug with TestDisk rather than a problem with the data in the disk. My main reason is:
It only occurs at very specific types of files, 4 I have found: .eps, .pdf, .mf and .log (both from TeX).
Anyone has any thoughts on what the problems is ?