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Thread: What all tools should be install for the best zfs experience

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    What all tools should be install for the best zfs experience

    I have a fair bit of experience with zfs already having been a long time user of openindian/hipster. (An open source offshoot of solaris)

    zfs is native to openindiana so have used zfs/zpool a fair bit.

    However, a search the focal fossa apt repo shows the basic zfsutils but also at least 2 tools that claim to do auto snapshots.
    then a few other things: libzfs2linux claims to be openzfs library for linux... apparently not the same zfs as in zfsutils, l grubzfs-testsuite... and a few more.

    Goggle pages offering to explain how to install zfs on ubuntu only mention zfsutils. Actually that is wrong too, several googled pages say to
    `apt-get install zfs' which, of course, does not exist on focal fossa default pkg repository.

    Hard to tell just from `aptitude show' whats' what, so hoping someone who has been using zfs on focal fossa a while will coach me a little

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    Re: What all tools should be install for the best zfs experience

    Did you happen to find an answer to this?
    I am looking to fire up a new server as well with ZFS on Linux. Been using ZFS on FreeBSD 9.x since 2013, but it is getting a little long in the tooth.

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    Re: What all tools should be install for the best zfs experience

    Hi

    Another Illumos user here (OmniOS in my case)

    I set up Ubuntu 19.10 on my laptop bc of the installer's new ZFS option, really happy with it so far

    I wrote some scripts for zfsnap, since the maintainer's package of zfsnap does not come with any default implementation. They're listed here: https://github.com/averyfreeman/zfsn...s-ubuntu-19.10

    They should work pretty well with any 19.10 or newer system and the default installer's dataset layout

    Also, you'll probably miss beadm, but GRUB actually has a "history" section now with snapshots.

    I have to do more testing to find out the mechanism with which GRUB updates "history", but I *believe* the way it is updated is through zfs-initramfs,and after taking snapshots if you run 'update-grub' it'll put snapshots in your GRUB "history" section.
    Last edited by averyfreeman; 3 Weeks Ago at 01:14 AM.

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