I want to remove the contents of a
zfs datasets subdir. It's a large amount of data. For the pool "nas", the path is
$ du -h -d 1 certainFolder/
Rather than me have to wait for
rm -rf certainFolder/ can't I just destroy the handle to that directory so its overwrite-able(even by the same dir name if I chose to recreate it) ??
So for e.g. not knowing much about
zfs file system internals,
specifically how it journals its files, I wonder if I was able to access
that journal/map directly, for e.g., then remove the right entries, so that the dir would no longer display. That space dir holds has to be removed from some kind of audit as well.
Is there an easy way to do this? Even if on an ext3 fs, or is that already what the recursive remove command has to do in the first place, i.e. pilfer through and edit journals?
I'm just hoping to do something of the likes of
kill thisDir to where it simply removes some kind of ID, and poof the directory no longer shows up in
ls -la. The data is still there on the drive obviously, but the space will now be reused(overwritten), because ZFS is just that cool?
I mean I think zfs is really that cool, how can we do it? Ideally? rubbing hands together :-)
My specific use case (besides my love for
zfs) is management of a backup archive. The data is pushed to zfs via freefilesync (AWESOME PROG) on/from win boxes across SMB to the zfs pool. When removing
rm -rf /nas/dataset/certainFolder through a
putty term, it stalls, the term is obviously unusable for a long time now. I of course then have to open another terminal, to continue. Thats gets old, plus its no fun to monitor the rm -rf, it can take hours.
Maybe I should set the command to just release the handle e.g.
&, then print to std out, that might be nice. More realistically, recreate the data-set in a few seconds
zfs destroy nas/dataset; zfs create -p -o compression=on nas/dataset after the thoughts from the response from @Gilles.