A copy-on-write (COW) file system developed by Oracle included in the Linux kernel.

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Unknown btrfs error, partition won't mount

unix friends, a day or so ago my btrfs partition just stopped working, which means i can't mount it anymore which is why my Fedora Linux doesn't boot anymore. I don't really have much information, ...
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Will using a compressed filesystem over an encrypted volume improve performance?

Encryption/decryption is often the main bottleneck when accessing an encrypted volume. Would using a filesystem with a fast transparent compression (such as BTRFS + LZO) help? The idea is that there ...
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Should a laptop user switch from ext4 to btrfs?

Related to this. I'd like to take advantage of an OS switch to upgrade to BTRFS. BTRFS claims to offer a lot (data-loss resiliency, self-healing if RAID, checksumming of metadata and data, ...
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Btrfs subvolume questions

Just a few questions about Btrfs: Do I have to mount a Btrfs filesystem before creating subvolumes on it? Can I easily convert an existing directory into a subvolume? (i.e. if I want to make "/home" ...
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How to clone btrfs filesystem into different medium preserving snapshots' sharing data

I have decided to give btrfs raid capabilities a try. I set up a btrfs with sudo mkfs.btrfs -m raid10 -d raid10 /dev/sda9 /dev/sdb9 /dev/sdc9 /dev/sdd9 Now I want to clone my existing btrfs ...
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Graphical Btrfs tool

Is there a graphical tool for creating Btrfs sub-partitions and in particular, subpartitions like "GParted" or "system-config-lvm"? I'm running Debian squeeze. In response to the first comment, Btrfs ...
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Move a linux instalation using btrfs on the default subvolume (subvolid=0) to another subvolume

When doing a installation to a root btrfs filesystem, many linux distributions install to the default subvolume. If left unmodified, this layout will force any snapshots or subvolumes to be created ...
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Securely delete files on btrfs filesystem

Sometimes, there's the need to delete a file in a filesystem, and make sure that the file is truly gone. A file that contains sensitive passwords, for example, should be throughly wiped from the disk. ...
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btrfs performance

I decided to mess around with btrfs and found some weird performance anomalies. The tests I've done are with with two external hard drives one formatted with ext4 the other btrfs. ext4 performance ...
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How to debug/audit which devices cache writes?

I store documents on btrfs partition built upon sparse dm-crypt device located on ext4 main partition on physical harddrive. When kernel panics (and this happens on daily basis on my ASUS P53E with ...
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Online remount btrfs of root filesystem with different subvolume (snapshot)

Let's say you have a btrfs root filesystem on an online system. You want to revert the filesystem to an earlier state, of which you have a snapshot: remount /dev/sdaX / -o remount,subvol=snapshots/Y ...
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Are there any deduplication scripts that use btrfs CoW as dedup?

Looking for deduplication tools on Linux there are plenty, see e.g. this wiki page. Allmost all scripts do either only detection, printing the duplicate file names or removing duplicate files by ...
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How does SuSE Linux's support for btrfs differ from Ubuntu and Fedora's?

The SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 2 release notes state that SuSE offers "commercial support" for btrfs, while Ubuntu and Fedora appear to be holding back until a working fsck utility ...
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Clear unused space with zeros (btrfs)

How to clear unused space with zeros ? (I am asking for tool for btrfs filesystem) I'm looking for something smarter than cat /dev/zero > /mnt/X/big_zero ; sync; rm /mnt/X/big_zero Like ...
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File system jfs/btrfs/xfs/ext4 [closed]

I was looking into some of the requirement, where huge amount of recursive files are written and deleted and looking forward if any FS (file system) as such gives advantage on others. I am trying to ...
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What keeps one side of an rsync so busy?

I've got a Debian machine on my LAN serving as a backup server for the others. It has four HDDs combined into a software RAID 5 md device, on that an LVM, and on that btrfs. Backups are made using ...
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btrfs on openSUSE not releasing disk space

I have an openSUSE 12.1 install on my main desktop running with btrfs filesystem for root (/boot is ext4). I started having issues today with KDE informing me that disk space is almost all gone and ...
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Why does my desktop lock up when I copy lots of files to a USB drive?

My desktop is usually very responsive, even under heavy load. But when I copy files to a USB drive, it always locks up after some time. By "lock up", I mean: Moving focus from one window to another ...
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When using btrfs, why “Size”, “Used” and “Avail” values from df do not match?

I have a btrfs partition. When I run df -h, it shows: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 113G 101G 8.3G 93% /home From Why is that? Is it because reserved space for ...
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Can't mkdir /root (btrfs)

I performed a standard Debian install using wheezy/testing netinst iso for amd64. After the install completed I booted into a live environment so that I could snapshot the root as a btrfs subvolume ...
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Incomplete factory update makes btrfs filesystem unusable?

After an incomplete update from the factory repo my opensuse 12.1 btrfs filesystem is unusable. I have plenty of disk space free but zero inodes. When I try to delete or create a file it gives me the ...
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How to remove an empty directory (btrfs filesystem)?

I'm using the experimental btrfs filesystem. My directory looks like this: ls -la empytfolder total 4 drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 0 19. Mär 14:00 . drwxr-xr-x 1 root root 298 19. Mär 13:59 .. I ...
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How do I fix btrfs? [closed]

I've trawled mailing lists and finally finished up on Ubuntu's btrfs page, and am left feeling that btrfs still does not have a full fixing utility (as indicated on their home page). Even though ...
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How to keep track of changes in /etc/

I would like to keep track of changes in /etc/ Basically I'd like to know if a file was changed, by yum update or by a user and roll it back if I don't like the chage. I thought of using a VCS like ...
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Why does btrfs allow to create a raid1 with mismatched drives?

I'm creating a btrfs using sudo mkfs.btrfs -m raid1 -d raid1 <small-disk> <large-disk> or sudo mkfs.btrfs -m raid1 -d raid1 <large-disk> <small-disk> it creates the fs with ...
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How to create a snapshot in btrfs, and then rollback to it after some work?

What are the commands to use in btrfs in case I want to: create a (read-only) snapshot of a volume; (do some experiments in the volume); and then rollback the volume to the snapshot?
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How to create a read-only snapshot in btrfs?

As far as I understand, the snapshots made by btrfs subvolume snapshot are writable by default and are visible at a certain path under the mountpoint of your btrfs volume. How to setup the system so ...
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What are the advantages of Btrfs for end users?

Btrfs has begun to gain some momentum in replacing ext4 as the default filesystem of choice for a few distributions such as Fedora Core 16. It is experimentally available in a number of other ...
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Uncopyable 5GB file, BTRFS

I have a 5.3GB tar file, located on a BTRFS partitioned eSATA drive. When trying to copy the file to another disk, or expand the tar the process seems to freeze. No errors are generated, and waiting ...
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Is btrfs stable enough for home usage? [closed]

btrfs has finally found its way into the latest kernels, is it considered stable and safe enough to use in a home backup scenario (as an alternative to zfs) ?