I have an xfs filesystem that has some free space. Can I shrink it? I know of xfs_growfs. And there is resize2fs and resize_reiserfs.

Side question: is xfs not a good filesystem choice for bulk longterm file storage?


You can make a backup, and then create a new smaller file system and restore.

XFS cannot be shrunk (ref).

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    +1 - there were some patches adding support for shrinking a filesystem, but they seem to have stalled now – James Dec 8 '09 at 9:23
  • For RedHat (and CentOS) users, see RedHat's article 540013. – Franklin Piat Sep 30 '15 at 9:19
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    Some documentation about XFS backup/dump/restore XFS Dump and Restore, and Red Hat 6 documentation – Franklin Piat Sep 30 '15 at 9:28
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    @FranklinPiat, that Red Hat article requires a subscription for access. – Kevin Feb 21 '17 at 21:42

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