Can I recreate my .snap directories ?

Michael Sierchio kudzu at
Mon Jun 24 23:57:47 UTC 2019

It's just a directory.

mkdir -p /.snap /usr/.snap /var/.snap
chown root:operator /.snap /usr/.snap /var/.snap
chmod 775 /.snap /usr/.snap /var/.snap

On Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 3:05 PM Ronald F. Guilmette <rfg at>

> I was looking at my various UFS filesystems and noticed each one
> had a .snap directory.  I did some small amount of reading about the
> purpose of these online and was (incorrectly) persuaded that they
> had relevance only to people using dump/restore for backups which
> I personally don't use.  So I went 'round and deleted each one from
> each of my UFS filesystems.
> In short, I bozo'd it.
> Now I just read the newfs man page, and the description of the -n option,
> and I see that these .snap directories are needed to support background
> fsck.
> So, can I just recreate them all, on my existing USF filesystems, i.e.
> via mkdir, and then setting the proper owner, group, and permissions?
> I mean they don't need to appear first in the relevant directory files
> or anything special like that, do they?
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