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Because you don't have one. It's possible someone deleted it,
but the more likely cause is that you didn't use mkdev
fs to create it.
Linux has "mklost+found".
One of the things that fsck
looks for is inodes which are marked as used (i.e. not in the free
list) but do not have a directory entry pointing to them. fsck will
ask if you wish to reconnect these; if you say yes, it will try to
create a file entry in the /lost+found directory on that
filesystem. If there is no free space in /lost+found, it is
not safe to expand it because the rest of the filesystem may still
be corrupt; for information on this one, see below. If there is not /lost+found directory,
fsck will tell you that it can't reconnect the file and the data in
that file will be lost.