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FSSCONFIG(8)                System Manager's Manual               FSSCONFIG(8)

NAME
     fssconfig - configure file system snapshot devices

SYNOPSIS
     fssconfig [-cxv] device path backup [cluster [size]]
     fssconfig -u [-v] device
     fssconfig -l [-v] [device]

DESCRIPTION
     The fssconfig command configures file system snapshot pseudo disk
     devices.  It will associate the file system snapshot disk device with a
     snapshot of the file system mounted on path, allowing device to be
     accessed as though it were a disk.

     If backup resides on the snapshotted file system a persistent snapshot
     will be created.  This snapshot is active until backup is unlinked.
     Persistent snapshots save the file system as if it had been unmounted.
     Unlinked but open files get removed from the snapshot.  The time needed
     to create a persistent snapshot increases with the size of the file
     system and decreases with the file system block size.  This snapshot mode
     is only supported for FFS file systems.

     Otherwise data written through the path will be saved in backup.  If
     backup is a regular file, it will be created with length size.  Default
     size is the size of path.  Data is saved to backup in units of cluster
     bytes.  The snapshot is an image of the underlying block device at a
     moment in time.  Unlinked but open files are still present on the
     snapshot.  The time needed to create a snapshot is independent of the
     size of the file system or the file system block size.

     Options indicate an action to be performed:

     -c   Configures the device.  If successful, references to device will
          access the contents of path at the time the snapshot was taken.  If
          backup is a directory, a temporary file will be created in this
          directory.  This file will be unlinked on exit.

     -l   List the snapshot devices and indicate which ones are in use.  If a
          specific device is given, then only that will be described.

     -u   Unconfigures the device.

     -v   Be more verbose listing the snapshot devices.

     -x   Unlink backup after the device is configured.

     If no action option is given, -c is assumed.

FILES
     /dev/rfss?
     /dev/fss?

EXAMPLES
           fssconfig fss0 /usr /tmp/back
           mount /dev/fss0 /mnt

     Configures the snapshot device fss0 as a snapshot of the /usr file
     system, and makes the contents of the snapshot available via /mnt.  Data
     written through /usr will be backed up in /tmp/back.

           fssconfig fss1 / /dev/rsd0e 8192

     Configures the snapshot device fss1 as a snapshot of the / file system.
     Data written through / will be backed up in /dev/rsd0e.  The backup will
     take place in units of 8192 bytes.

           fssconfig -u fss0

     Unconfigures the fss0 device.

SEE ALSO
     opendisk(3), fss(4), dump(8), mount(8), umount(8)

HISTORY
     The fssconfig command appeared in NetBSD 2.0.

NetBSD 8.99.34                   July 29, 2016                  NetBSD 8.99.34