Can I recreate my .snap directories ?

Thomas Mueller mueller6722 at
Wed Jun 26 05:55:41 UTC 2019

from Polytropon:

> On Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:25:21 +0000, Thomas Mueller wrote:
> > UFS-1 or 2 file system created by NetBSD would not have .snap directory.
> FreeBSD's newfs supports the following option:

>      -n      Do not create a .snap directory on the new file system.  The
>              resulting file system will not support snapshot generation, so
>              dump(8) in live mode and background fsck(8) will not function
>              properly.  The traditional fsck(8) and offline dump(8) will work
>              on the file system.  This option is intended primarily for memory
>              or vnode-backed file systems that do not require dump(8) or
>              fsck(8) support.

> This limits the use of dump and fsck, but if you're not using those
> specific features, .snap won't be needed.

NetBSD fsck_ffs works on UFS-1 or 2 file system, lack of .snap directory is no impediment.

I have rescued FreeBSD file systems by booting into NetBSD and running their fsck_ffs when fsck_ffs from FreeBSD was not good enough.


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