Storing revisions of large files using ZFS snapshots

Bob Friesenhahn bfriesen at
Wed Jun 1 01:12:06 UTC 2011

On Tue, 31 May 2011, Jeremy Chadwick wrote:
> We've found that in most cases, a user will overwrite or rm a file which
> they didn't mean to and wish to restore just that file.  They need to do
> so quickly and easily.  ZFS and UFS snapshots don't make this easy for
> them to accomplish (ZFS is easier than UFS in this regard, absolutely).

It seems easy enough to restore the file from .zfs/snapshot.  If users 
find this too difficult, then a small shell script or GUI program can 
make it easy.

The main annoyance with restoring the file from .zfs/snapshot is that 
restoring the files in this way may consume more disk space.

Bob Friesenhahn
bfriesen at,
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,

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