Winterland has a support thread going of the same title. I find the topic interesting, in particular the typo theory suggested by AI1000, which I have some comments on. Rather than clog up Winterland's support thread, I thought I'd start a parallel discussion thread, to further discuss some of the things being mentioned, without detracting from those helping Winterland get his system back to normal.
Winterland says the RM command he ran deleted non-Wine things from his home folder, and triggered a permission error.
when I tried to run the next line, I received a message that read, "you don't have permissions for that" so I [...] skipped ahead to the "sudo apt-get remove -purge wine"
nothing appeared to happen...until I closed my browser and then noticed my desktop was missing. Checked my files and *poof* everything is gone. Photos, Music, Videos, Downloads, Documents.-REF:https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/641669/attempted-to-purged-wine-on-mint-and-now/#entry4196430
rm -rf $HOME/.wine-REF:http://sourcedigit.com/14942-completely-remove-wine-linux-ubuntu-systems/
AI1000 suggested a typo might be the cause.
The problem with rm commands is that typing just one incorrect character has the potential to do a lot of damage-REF:https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/641669/attempted-to-purged-wine-on-mint-and-now/#entry4196535
I agree a typo could be a valid cause. In particular, a space between "$HOME/" and ".wine". This would result in ".wine" being dropped from the command. Instead, the command would attempt to delete the user's entire home folder, recursively. A few items (eg: the "Desktop" folder, and "." and ".." links) would fail to delete, as well as the user's home folder itself, which would trigger a permission error stating that you cannot delete it, but everything else, including personal files, and program config files, would be gone.