The FreeBSD project has published its quarterly report for the third quarter of 2022. The report shares work and progress happening in all corners of the FreeBSD project. The report includes information on updates drivers, FreeBSD running in cloud instances, and bhyve improvements. There is also an interesting section of using UFS with filesystem snapshots: "This project will make UFS/FFS filesystem snapshots available when running with journaled soft updates.
The UFS/FFS filesystem has the ability to take snapshots. Because the taking of snapshots was added after soft updates were written they were fully integrated with soft updates. When journaled soft updates were added in 2010, they were never integrated with snapshots. So snapshots cannot be used on filesystems running with journaled soft updates.
Snapshots became less important with the support for ZFS on FreeBSD since ZFS can take snapshots quickly and easily. However there remain two instances where UFS snapshots are still important. The first is that they allow reliable dumps of live filesystems which avoids possibly hours of down time. The second is that they allow the running of background fsck."
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