ZFS, which stands for Zettabyte File System, is a combined file system and logical volume manager designed by Sun Microsystems.

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Caching write changes on SSD to avoid HDD spin-up? ZFS, but (probably) not L2ARC

I have a home server, which - between other things - stores my documents, mail archives etc.. It uses a ZFS RAIDZ, based on spinning hdds. The server also runs an offline IMAP service, synchronizing ...
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Encrypted file system on external storage [duplicate]

I use archlinux and manjaro. I recently bought an external 2TB toshiba stor.E canvio, and I planned to use it as back up. I used gpt layout and partitioned it with luks and ext4. Dolphin reports 6% ...
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Optimised ZFS in low RAM environment feasibility?

I am currently setting up a file server and have come to the point of actually setting up the data drives. The system has 4 drives (one OS disk, 3 data disks). The OS disk is formatted as ext4 and ...
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What is the kernel syntax when booting from ZFS?

I'm trying to write a grub.cfg completely from scratch that will boot one of several FreeBSD systems off of a single ZFS pool named tank with a set of root file systems named root1, root2, root3. ...
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ZFS Snapshot to file as Backup with rotation

I have a local FreeNAS system and want to use ZFS snapshots for backups. FreeNAS has the built-in Replication Tasks which use zfs send snapshot_name to send a snapshot to a remote system. But this ...
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ZFS Raid-Z with different size disks

I've searched, and I think I understand, but just want to verify that I have the right concept. I am building a new PC, and want to set up the old one as a file server. Ultimately, I would like two ...
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Does any OS support ZFS on MIPS?

Does there exist an operating system supporting ZFS under the MIPS architecture? If so, which operating system(s)? I am especially interested in: Support for ZFS on Loongson. OSes free from binary ...
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Attempt to test corruption of ZFS filesystem using dd fails

I'm trying to test error detection and recovery on a system with recently installed ZFS. I deliberately overwrite the start of one of the disks with dd but can't force any errors to be detected. Can ...
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Is a ZFS storage array portable across operating systems & CPU Architectures?

I know that ZFS is available on variety of operating systems Solaris, Illumos, Linux, BSD etc. Suppose I have a bunch of disks that are part of ZFS raid file system that was created on Linux, could ...
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How does ZFS grow/scale?

I am wondering how would one design a ZFS system to build something that is massively scalable, along the lines of your favorite cloud storage, but with all the neat benefits the come with ZFS. A ...
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Fedora 19 zfsonlinux - how to configure cifs share?

Fedora 19 with current version of zfsonlinux / smb version 4.0.9. When I try to zfs set sharesmb=on I receive smb add share failed Any ideas? Is this supposed to work yet or still in ...
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Is it possible to change the sector size of a partition for zfs raidz pool in linux?

I've been migrating a zfs raidz pool on linux to new discs via virtual devices which were sparse files. I've used partitions on the discs as the discs are different sizes of 1.9T each. The last disc ...
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Can zfs resilvering destroy data with misreported device failures?

I have had a situation where I am moving data into a new zfs raidz pool with four devices, some of them virtual to facilitate the migration. The system completely hung in the middle of a device ...
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What is a good way of layering zfs filsystems to manage unpredictable future workload that doesn't severely compromise performance?

I've been playing around with ZFS and using sparse files as virtual devices to learn how to use the zfs tools. It seems that there isn't much of a hit in performance by creating a raid pool out of ...
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Solaris 11: Accessing a pool on disk from live DVD?

I made a rather bad mistake while playing around with Solaris 11, which has left me locked-out. I accidently changed the first character of my username in /etc/passwd, and the "new" username is not ...
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What are potential consequences of going nuts with sparse file based vdevs for a LVM to ZFS migration?

I've been playing around with ZFS having finally accepted that it's mature enough I shouldn't get burned. Now to migrate the home NAS box which is currently an LVM JBOD set up that's quite full, but ...
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How do I get systemd to start my ZFS mount script before doing anything else?

Right now I'm using zfsonlinux on Fedora 19, and it works excellently. Mounting works at bootup as planned using the initscript (included with zfs) that systemd calls, but there's a pretty significant ...
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How to replace a disk in a non-redundant ZFS pool?

I've been doing a bit of reading, and it looks like ZFS doesn't like disks being removed from non-redundant arrays: You can use the zpool detach command to detach a device from a mirrored storage ...
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Can one use a md-type raid-0 as a drive for zfs pool

I want to play with ZFS at my CentOS. At the moment I have two 750Gb drives and two 400Gb spare drives that I could use. Of course the simplest solution would be to take all of them and use only 400Gb ...
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zpool import - cannot import: one or more devices is currently unavailable

I have moved a ZFS pool from one SunFire server running some pre-release of Solaris 11 to another server running latest Solaris 10 and now can't import it. It was properly zfs export from the old one. ...
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How can I get rid of this invisible file?

Background I have a folder named akorgāœ½. That Unicode character causes headaches for me when software makes incorrect assumptions about the text encoding of my file paths, so I'd like to remove it ...
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ZFS on Linux and Amazon EC2

I have a situation where I need dynamically expandable storage space on a Linux machine running in Amazon EC2, and ZFS came to mind. If I remember properly, ZFS supports a way to dynamically expand a ...
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ZFS on Linux gets corrupted on export [closed]

Edit: I am not using Sabayon Linux anymore. I suggest to close this question. I just started experimenting with ZFS on Linux. I use Sabayon Linux with kernel 3.8. I used a whole single USB disk to ...
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Encrypted disk filesystem compatibilities

On my Debian Linux system during the install I decided to use disk encryption (the one offered during a regulard Debian install). When the system boots up I need to enter a password and then the ...
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zfs send volume fluctuates misteriously

Why would the amount of data in a zfs send stream "fluctuate"? I would expect send of a specific snapshot to always produce exactly the same data! The test data below was created through something ...
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How to set up ZFS with ZIL and L2ARC SSD?

I have been considering bcache and flashcache. However my friend suggested me something called ZFS. In fact it says that formating disk with ZFS can actually do the exact same thing without kernel ...
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targeted network speed over LAN

I have a Solaris 11 system which has several NFS exports which are accessed my other systems within my LAN. I use a Linux system as a client for testing. I wrote a quick script to test read speed and ...
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zfs one pool error

I have zpool with name zroot and zroot has 4 pool when electricity down system reboots and than i saw some error with 1 pool: Solaris: Warning: can`t open object for zroot/var/crash log_sysevent: ...
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FreeBSD: Remove symlinks in devfs

Background I have been rebuilding a small home NAS. This server represents my first 'real' foray into the world of server administration and it has taught me quite a bit already. Originally, the ...
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Mixing 4k/512 drives with ZFS (FreeNAS)

I have the following drives: Seagate Barracuda ST3200054AS WDC WD20EADS-00S2B0 Samsung HD204UI As far as I understand, the first are ordinary 512 drives while the last is 4096 (Advanced format). ...
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Is there a way to create cow-copies in ZFS?

I am trying to make cow-copies of some files/directories, but of the several ways I know of, all seem sub-optimal. For example, btrfs can, with the use of cp --reflink=auto quickly generate ...
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AES-NI accelerated ZFS v31 encryption in Solaris 11

I'm not quite sure if this is the right place to ask this, if not, feel free to migrate it to wherever it fits in. I'm testing the encryption feature in ZFS v31 in a Solaris 11.11.11 VM under ESXi ...
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The receiving of returns by Nagios from script through NRPE

I am using nagios3 and want to collect some information from nrpe_server. Next script is at nrpe_server: #!/bin/sh #set -x # script for checking disk usage on ZFS # requires min zpool version 13 or ...
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FreeBSD + ZFS + Encryption ? Alternatives ? Suggestions?

I would like to create a dedicated physical server which will work as a NAS & fileserver inside my LAN (as well as through VPN). However I need to fully encrypt the drives (both the system ones ...
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24 hour crash course in ZFS… some final questions

Due to various circumstances I've given myself a crash course on the ZFS file sytem. I need some help getting comfortable with the unknowns. Whatever those are. Data: Running www.zfsonlinux.org on ...
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FreeBSD zfs timeout errors

I have FreeBSD 8.2 with ZFS v28. 8 cpu core, 16Gb ram. Two disk drives (1.5Tb WD Green) on zfs mirror raid. My system strangely uses memory. With alot of free (wired) memory it start to use swap and ...
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FreeBSD zfs create gpt

How can i create gpt marks on working system. NAME STATE READ WRITE CKSUM zroot ONLINE 0 0 0 mirror-0 ONLINE 0 0 0 ad4p3 ONLINE ...
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slow samba seek performance

I am using FreeBSD 9.0 RC3 (PCBSD distro) with samba 3.4.14. I am trying to access portions of several large (4 - 10 GB) files over samba using seek commands, and I am seeing that calls to the front ...
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ZFS adding new device to RAIDZ

I wondering about problem with adding new device to ZFS RAIDZ. I'm thinking about it only theoretically: After destroying ZFS pool with only RAIDZ in it. The data should be still there on the disks. ...
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adjust zfs settings on freebsd 9

What's the proper way on FreeBSD 9 to tune ZFS parameters such as vfs.zfs.arc_max and vfs.zfs.vdev.cache.size? I've seen references to /boot/loader.conf, /boot/kernel.conf and /etc/sysctl.conf but I ...
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Allowed and safe characters for ZFS filesystem in FreeBSD

Which characters are allowed and safe for ZFS file system name? Are this characters only ASCII or UTF-8 is supported? '@' is not allowed because it is reserved for snapshots. PS: I play with FreeBSD ...
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How to use keyfiles,for ZFS whole disk encryption?

Does anyone have a working implementation using keyfiles, preferably on SD Card, instead of a prompt for ZFS? I know how to do this with linux LVM/LUKS. In my opinion the FreeBSD full disk ...
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Why is my CIFS share showing the same files multiple times?

I asked this on ServerFault but received no response, so I figured I'd give it a try over here instead! I have a Debian backup server running the FreeBSD kernel and a ZFS filesystem on which I store ...
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Compared to other filesystems why is ZFS so slow, with incoming data?

Ok. I get about 1/3 of the speed on the same drives when using ZFS. Now, I understand that ZFS is self-healing and that everything is also stored with its hashes. This makes it safer to use. I ...
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The future of OpenSolaris

since OpenSolaris is more or less abandoned by Oracle, is there a nice alternative that implements the unique features of OSOL? ZFS is one thing, but I liked the image creation system, that let you ...
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What are you going to do with your OpenSolaris machines?

I have a file server running OpenSolaris (mainly for ZFS, which I really love), but since Oracle has abandoned it, I'm starting to think about what I'm going to do with the OS on that machine. ...
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ZFS under linux, does it work?

Could I get ZFS to work properly in Linux? Are there any caveats / limitations?