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Migrating UFS filesystem from one disk to another

I needed to migrate an UFS filesystem from one disk to another. I had several options including using two tar processes in a pipeline or using dump and restore in a pipeline. I opted for the latter to make sure everything got preserved during the transfer.

Here’s the sequence of commands where /dev/gpt/nroot0 is the GPT label of the new filesystem and / is the donor filesystem:

newfs /dev/gpt/nroot0
mount /dev/gpt/nroot0 /mnt
cd /mnt
rmdir .snap
dump -0LaP 'restore -rf -' /
cd /
umount /mnt