I'm starting to use btrfs. I want to be able to snapshot certain directories but do not want to create sub-volumes. Is this possible?

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    I dont think so. Why don't you want subvolumes? Subvolumes are one of those things that makes btrft great. – arnefm Jun 2 '14 at 11:13
  • Going to read up on subvolumes more today. – fred basset Jun 2 '14 at 16:02
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    Also, snapshots are subvolumes. – XTL Nov 11 '15 at 13:43

Yes. Do cp --reflink=auto /src/dir /dest/dir. For all practical purposes it behaves like read & write snapshot of the given directory.

(If you use this command across independent btrfs partitions or outside the btrfs it will perform an ordinary copy)

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