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After upgrading my ubuntu 13.10 server using sudo apt-get upgrade and rebooting, my zpool wouldn't show.

messier@ANDERSON:~$ sudo zpool status
no pools available
messier@ANDERSON:~$ sudo zpool import
zpool: ../../lib/libzfs/libzfs_import.c:356: Assertion `nvlist_lookup_uint64(zhp->zpool_config, ZPOOL_CONFIG_POOL_GUID, &theguid) == 0' failed.

I looked on the zfs on linux github and I found a fix for CentOS which is to remove the old kernel modules and then reinstall the software to get the new kernel modules.

$ find /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/extra -name "splat.ko" -or -name "zcommon.ko" -or -name "zpios.ko" -or -name "spl.ko" -or -name "zavl.ko" -or -name "zfs.ko" -or -name "znvpair.ko" -or -name "zunicode.ko" | xargs rm -f
$ find /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/weak-updates -name "splat.ko" -or -name "zcommon.ko" -or -name "zpios.ko" -or -name "spl.ko" -or -name "zavl.ko" -or -name "zfs.ko" -or -name "znvpair.ko" -or -name "zunicode.ko" | xargs rm -f
$ yum reinstall zfs-release
$ yum reinstall $(rpm -qa | egrep "zfs|spl")

People are saying this is fixing it. I just don't know how to make this fix run on my ubuntu server. Thank you for the help!

Last edit : If you come onto this page for the zfs update bug. The easiest solution is like Scott Simon said.

# apt-get update
# apt-get dist-upgrade
# reboot
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Interesting. I'll ask on the ZFS list. –  ewwhite Jun 19 '14 at 2:02
I'm sorry, I meaant on the Zfs on linux github, I also added a link to the issue stating the fix. Thank you. –  Reissem Jun 19 '14 at 2:05
Possible duplicate of serverfault.com/q/606215/195746 –  LiveWireBT Jun 19 '14 at 14:55
It may be duplicate on the error, but since the OS is different, I thought the solution would be different. –  Reissem Jun 19 '14 at 16:41
Had this problem after do-release-upgrade. The solution worked for me but only after I did : apt-add-repository ppa:zfs-native/stable –  Jocelyn Nov 7 '14 at 7:26

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$ sudo find /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/updates -name "splat.ko" -or -name "zcommon.ko" -or -name "zpios.ko" -or -name "spl.ko" -or -name "zavl.ko" -or -name "zfs.ko" -or -name "znvpair.ko" -or -name "zunicode.ko" | xargs rm -f
$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall ubuntu-zfs
$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall $(dpkg-query --show --showformat='${binary:Package}\n' | egrep 'spl|zfs')

Ubuntu keeps all its dkms in /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/updates, rather than in /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/extra and find /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/weak-updates as CentOS does.

yum resinstall is equivalent to apt-get install --reinstall.
Ubuntu's zfs metapackage is ubuntu-zfs instead of zfs-release as it is in CentOS.
rpm -qa is equivalent to dpkg-query --show --showformat='${binary:Package}\n'

I'm also uncertain if the find command actually needs to be run, as apt-get may take care of that already, but running it won't break the process.

Someone with more knowledge of or experience with dpkg may be able to write a marginally more efficient command, but I suspect this is good enough for most purposes.

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Thank you for this! I've worked out my solution from your post! If you are curious I posted it as an answer. –  Reissem Jun 20 '14 at 0:30
Thanks you so much for this! –  SamStudio8 Jul 7 '14 at 12:18

The official bug page has this fix for Ubuntu and Debian users:

# apt-get update
# apt-get dist-upgrade
# reboot
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Had this problem after do-release-upgrade. This worked for me only after I did : apt-add-repository ppa:zfs-native/stable –  Jocelyn Nov 7 '14 at 7:24
distr-upgrade is the solution: REMOVED: libzfs1 libzpool1 installed: libzfs2 libzpool2 –  basic6 Apr 30 at 19:09

I have debian-zfs installed on proxmox 3.2 (using this kernel pve-headers-2.6.32-26-pve). This is how I fixed it after the upgrade.

aptitude purge dkms debian-zfs spl-dkms zfs-dkms

I chose "Yes" to all the prompts, to remove it all. After that was done, I did some checking if there are any dkms leftovers. The below command should show an empty directory.

ls /lib/modules/2.6.32-26-pve/updates/dkms/

If you see anything in there (the above directory), you need to delete it all (unless you have other custom kernel modules).

Then it was as simple as:

apt-get install debian-zfs

Then import my pool (my pool is called tank):

zpool import tank

zfs got upset because it was not properly exported before all the drama happened.

cannot import 'tank': pool may be in use on another system

That's not a problem, I tried again with this:

zpool import -f tank

The above worked, and I was able to see my pool with this command:

zpool status
    root@proxmox-01:~# zpool status
  pool: tank
 state: ONLINE
  scan: scrub repaired 0 in 0h8m with 0 errors on Tue Jul  8 20:39:13 2014

        NAME                                           STATE     READ WRITE CKSUM
        tank                                           ONLINE       0     0     0
          raidz2-0                                     ONLINE       0     0     0
            scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1001FALS-_WD-WMATV4198253  ONLINE       0     0     0
            scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1002FAEX-_WD-WCAW30398837  ONLINE       0     0     0
            scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1002FAEX-_WD-WCAW30404054  ONLINE       0     0     0
            scsi-SATA_WDC_WD1002FAEX-_WD-WCAW30406039  ONLINE       0     0     0

errors: No known data errors

I was happy with this. But proxmox was a little bit more difficult. I had to mess about with the mount point for proxmox, because it automatically creates the directory structure of "storage" that you add to proxmox.

First I check if /tank was not lovely zfs pool, using du -hs /tank. My pool has a lot of stuff in it, a lot more than 12KB.

I export (disconnect) my zfs pool zpool export tank

I removed the EMPTY /tank directory with rm -R /tank (please double check!!)

Then I import my pool (connect) zpool import tank and your zfs storage should be working, and accessible to proxmox.

This is how I got my zfs to work on proxmox in the first place:


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upgrading my zfs on linux from 0.6.3 to 0.6.4 was painless, do not forget to upgrade your zpool: zpool upgrade tank –  Egidijus Apr 23 at 16:29

User 84104's solution "worked". I did the first line of it. Then the rest didn't quite work. So I tried sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-zfs dkms and then sudo apt-get install ubuntu-zfs dkms and the same error occured. Dkms did not recognized that the zfs/0.6.3 and spl/0.6.3 was different from the one that comes with the 3.11.0-23-generic kernel. So I went and used sudo dkms remove zfs/0.6.3 --all and sudo dkms remove zfs/0.6.3 --all and then I forced the install of both modules using sudo dkms install zfs/0.6.3 --force and sudo dkms install spl/0.6.3 --force

Basically the solution is to use dkms to remove the modules and then force back the install of 0.6.3.

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