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Mounting an AFS .backup Directory

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AFS gets backed up nightly, and most AFS spaces (group, dept, and user) have a hidden directory, named .backup, that provides instantaneous access to the previous night's backup.

Here's what to do if that .backup directory does not appear.

SSH into one of the timeshares (e.g., corn), cd to the root directory of the dept/group/user, and run the following command:

fs mkmount -dir .backup -vol <name-of-volume>.backup

For example, to get the name of the volume for group/foo:

corn24:/afs/ir/group/foo> fs examine .
File . (2004532831.1.1) contained in volume 2004532831
Volume status for vid = 2004532831 named
Current disk quota is 600000
Current blocks used are 358406
The partition has 493932281 blocks available out of 799331216

Note, the name of the volume is

(another quick way of getting the volume name is: fs lq as in listquota)

corn24:/afs/ir/group/foo> fs lq
Volume Name                    Quota       Used %Used   Partition                  600000     358406   60%         38%

The backup volume's name is then the regular name with .backup appended, so the command for would be:

fs mkmount -dir .backup -vol

Thanks to Marco for the instructions!