btrfs is a B-tree based, copy-on-write filesystem for Linux. It's main features include snapshots, checksumming of data and filesystem level RAID support. It's similar to [tag:ZFS].

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Snapshot of BTRFS Device on top of luks Volume

I have the following problem: I can't figure out, how to create a snapshot of a btrfs volume residing on a crypted disk. This is the setup: /dev/sdb is a 1TB USB 3 disk. it has a partition ...
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Can't delete a btrfs snapshot

I have a system that creates periodic btrfs snapshots and deletes old ones. Today, I've started receiving warnings that the system can't delete some old snapshots. This is the output I get: ...
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BTRFS raid with odd number of devices

I used to have RAID10 btrfs setup with 4 disks. Now I added sdf a new disk (its doing the balancing): Total devices 5 FS bytes used 5.73TiB devid 1 size 3.64TiB used 2.78TiB path /dev/sdd devid ...
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Can I mount a read-only btrfs volume across multiple machines?

Is it possible to have a single btrfs mounted volume read-only mounted across multiple machines? Can one of the hosts mount it read/write to provide updates to the others? The reason I'm asking this ...
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Mounting compressed filesystem using FUSE

I'd like to move some folders on my computer to a compressed read/write images, so I could get it to take less disk space on my machine (the folders contain some Mercurial and Git repositories). ...
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btrfs Integrity and Stress Testing

A DevOps colleague is recommending that we begin transitioning our production environment to using btrfs. We have primarily ext4 filesystems, though some low-usage servers using ZFS (on Linux). As ...
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recovering a corrupt degraded btrfs RAID6, need to manually clear an inode

I have a btrfs RAID 6. I have lousy hard drives, one failed, and another failed during recovery. Now I am without parity and cannot rebuild--a third drive is throwing read errors on a few sectors. ...
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btrfs formatted partion not mounting from fstab

I have this new mageia 4 setup with some btrfs partitions. My root "/" is on btrfs, working fine. from fstab: UUID=b2b0263e-a04a-4bd7-86d7-d2ec19a90b84 / btrfs relatime 0 0 then I have a different ...
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How to delete a btrfs snapshot?

I'm new to btrfs and I am trying to delete some snapshots I made a few months ago. They're taking up about 20GB of space, and I need that space back. This seems to list the snapshots: ↪ sudo btrfs ...
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Proper way of handling LXC containers on btrfs

Lets say we have one server with lxc installed, and a lxc container used for as a base img /var/lib/lxc/ubuntu_base. For simplicity let's forget the config changes after copying the base img. some ...
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Multi-Volume data storage without striping

I have a network storage server running Debian, containing multiple hard drives. These drives are all mounted into subdirectories of a samba-shared folder. All members of the network have full read ...
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Remove a file from a btrfs snapshot and still use btrfs send/receive?

I'm planing to use btrfs send/receive to synchronize two filesystems and keep a few older snapshots (like a time machine) on the backup. Now what happens if a user ask me to remove a file or ...
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BTRFS and Luks integration

I would like to build a RAID1/BTRFS/Luks setup. What I found about it so far is: An encrypted Btrfs file system can be created on top of the dm_crypt disk encryption subsystem and Linux Unified Key ...
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BTRFS: deleting a volume

A week ago, I created a BTRFS pool using two flash drives (32GB each) with this command: /sbin/mkfs.btrfs -d single /dev/sda /dev/sdb. Then I realized that I should have used the partitions /dev/sda1 ...
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How do I get the size of a btrfs subvolume (compressed vs. uncompressed)

Is there a command to get the on-disk size of a btrfs subvolume? The file system was mounted with -o compressed and the subvolume contains a lot of files that should compress rather well. I could use ...
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Btrfs vs ext4 — Where's the safety break-even point?

Btrfs is still in heavy development and still considered "unstable" by Chris Mason, and many important features are still being added, but the dire warnings of data loss are calamity are long since ...
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Redundancy level on a per file basis with BTRFS?

I would like to have one storage pool with multiple disks. Raid5 for metadata of course. But for user-data I would like to set the level of redundancy on a per file or per subvolume level. Can BTRFS ...
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LVM snapshot of btrfs volume changes mounted device

I have a btrf volume on top of LVM. Now I want to do a snapshot on the lvm level (NOT on the btrfs level). But every time I create the LVM snapshot, btrfs changes the mounted block device to the ...
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Do snapshots + RAID count as a good on-site backup solution?

The two main reasons I can think of for taking backups seems to be taken care of when I use both snapshots and RAID together with btrfs. (By RAID here, I mean RAID1 or 10) Accidental deletion of ...
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LXC container starts with readonly root filesystem

I am running LXC on Debain Wheezy using BTRFS, and have created a container using lxc-create using the "debian" template (yesterday). When starting the container, the root filesystem in the container ...
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btrfs: Looking for experience on btrfs error modes on bad sectors / read errors / medium erros

While running a Hadoop cluster that uses HDFS (so data is already replicated 3x) we experience often issues with ext4 because some bad sectors (the filesystem is unable to read or write to them) ...
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Preparing to use BTRFS in Debian 7 Wheezy

Kernel According to the BTRFS wiki support is green-lit for the 3.12 kernel, and neutral for the Wheezy kernel. I have installed the 3.12 kernel from wheezy-backports, so that I'm using a recommended ...
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debian stable raid autogrow filesystem database

I need to setup a debian stable system meeting the following needs: Hard disks should be mirroring : Raid 1 Filesystem(s) should autogrow if possible (just in case we replace one hdd with a bigger ...
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What are my prospects of recovering old version of file on BTRFS

I've accidentally overwritten an important file on BTRFS. Knowing that this filesystem is COW, it should be in theory be possible to recover an old version of the file. Unfortunately googling didn't ...
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XenServer Linux guest booting off iSCSI SAN (ZFS storage): Will a non-checksumming guest file system still be at risk?

We are storing files on FreeNAS 9.2 using ZFS. I love the data integrity claims made by ZFS, having randomly lost data in the past on servers using ext3, XFS, and ReiserFS that were not mistreated ...
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NFS on Btrfs on multi-devices .vs. Glusterfs on distributed-volume?

I considering a storage for Email. This storage system run on my own private cloud (already replicated), then i does not care about replication. I'm thinking about 2 options: 1- I will create few ...
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Can I mount a BTRFS snapshot of a live filesystem?

I wonder if it is possible to mount one or more snapshots of the same BTRFS filesystem for analytical purposes.
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What kind of “volume/storage management” has the largest support/feature set these days? [closed]

(DISCLAIMER: This is "time bound" as probably every other question, I just point it out now instead of implicating it) part of reviewing a few basic decisions for our infrastructure is once again the ...
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RAID / FS choice for 12 hard drive machine?

I'm going to purchase a 14 bay HP 2U server with ECC memory and bunch of 3TB enterprise SATA drives. I would prefer to make 2 x RAID6 with 6 drive each. This will be used for local office storage and ...
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Can I run a KVM guest with a btrfs subvolume as file system?

I want to run a virtualized Debian stable KVM guest on a Debian stable host (to run untrusted stuff like Skype, Flash or eclipse with third-party plugins). Naturally host and guest will have many ...
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Does btrfs balance also defragment files?

When I run btrfs filesystem balance, does this implicitly defragment files? I could imagine that balance simply reallocates each file extent separately, preserving the existing fragmentation. There ...
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Grub2 w/ RAID5 and btrfs “error: unknown filesystem”

I have a Virtual Machine (in ESXi 5.1) running Ubuntu Server 12.04. When I try to boot my system I grub2 tells me "error: unknown filesystem". I've tried booting a Live CD then reinstalling grub from ...
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How to forbid non-UTF-8 filenames?

Is it possible to enforce, at filesystem level, that all created file entries will have valid UTF-8 names? I am using Btrfs.
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Converting BTRFS filesystem to RAID1 fails with “Inappropriate ioctl for device”

I had a ~1.6TB BTRFS volume on a single partition, to which successfully I added another freshly created and formatted partition (on another device) of exact same size with the intent of mirroring ...
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btrfs balance kernel bug? [closed]

After getting a little annoyed with no space left errors when deleting files I started a btrfs balance process and 2-3 times the following appeared. Is this serious for my data or can I just ignore it ...
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“rm: can not remove xxx: No Space left on device” on BTRFS

Running OpenSuse 12.2. Suddenly the root parition seems to be full (99%) but I can no longer remove files manually. "rm: can not remove xxx: No Space left on device" although 450mb are still free ...
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How can I remove a drive from a BTRFS RAID 1 setup to make it just a single (BTRFS) drive?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and have the /home directory setup as a BTRFS RAID 1 with two 2TB drives. I'd like to make the /home directory just a single drive; how do I safely go about doing this?
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SLES 11 recommended filesystem

We are upgrading some servers from SLES 10 to SLES 11 and I just saw that ext4 is not supported. Should I move to XFS or keep ext3? I will be moving the programs and databases to a new VM so ...
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ZFS/Btrfs/LVM2-like storage with advanced features on Linux? [closed]

I have 3 identical internal 7200 RPM SATA hard disk drives on a Linux machine. I'm looking for a storage set-up that will give me all of this: Different data sets (filesystems or subtrees) can have ...
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Multiple groups of RAID devices in btrfs

In btrfs, is it possible to have multiple groups of devices, and each group is in different btrfs RAID? For example, 2 devices in raid0 and 4 in raid1?
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Solaris support for ext4/ext3/btrfs

Does anyone know if Solaris 11 (Sparc version) supports mounting ext3/ext4 or even better Btrfs volumes ? Most of the topics I find on the web are quite outdated (2006/2007) and reference old ...
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Which filesystem for large LVM of disks (8 TB)?

I have a Linux server with many 2 TB disks, all currently in a LVM resulting in about 10 TB of space. I use all this space on an ext4 partition, and currently have about 8,8 TB of data. Problem is, I ...
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Does btrfs have an efficient way to compare snapshots?

While diffing mounted snapshots would work, it sounds like it could be horribly slow in many cases. Is there btrfs specific functionality for diffing snapshots? (I was unable to find any in the docs) ...
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Debian package performance on XFS, btrfs, ext3, ext4

I did 4 clean installations of debian 6 and measured time of installing some average virtual package. FS options are default. time apt-get install build-essential I got very strange results ...
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Linux-on-Linux KVM: Which filesystem should i use for guest and host?

I'm in the process on playing around with kvm and setting up a linux on a linux-server, so i can reboot the (guest)server encrypt the rootFS of the guest without having to do initramfs-tricks to get ...
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How to create btrfs RAID-1 filesystem (assertion error in mkfs.btrfs)?

I tried to make a btrfs RAID-1 filesystem in "degraded mode" by following the btrfs UseCases instructions but hit a fatal assertion error. Why is this failing, and is there any workaround? The ...
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Safe filesystem for Email homedir storage? XFS? JFS? Btrfs? Reiser4?

i'm building an email system and considering some filesystem that support online-resize, safe when power-outage, and does not restrict number of files per directory(or at least can hold some millions ...
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btrfs-enabled backup solution

With btrfs hitting production in Oracle EL 14th this month (together with working fsck and scrubbing from Linux 3.2) I was thinking of redesigning my current backup solution to utilise it. Note that ...
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Install Ubuntu with BTRFS and more subvolumes

I want to install an Ubuntu Server 11.10 with a BTRFS filesystem (in a RAID1 way). The problem is that I can't see the option in the installer to make more subvolumes. The installer creates two by ...
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Different options on btrfs subvolumes

I'm using kernel 3.0 and was wondering if btrfs supports / is planning to support different options on different subvolumes. For example I'd like to turn compression on for /usr, /lib, ..., but not ...