If you're new to ZFS, you can use local files to create a ZFS pool and get started.
sudo zpool list
Create a ZFS volume/pool on a single disk:
zpool create vol0 /dev/sd[x]
Your pool will automatically be mounted at
Delete All Datasets In A Pool
zfs destroy -r [pool name]
Delete a Pool
sudo zpool destroy [pool name]
Check Disk Statuses
If you're running a redundant raid, you may want to check if any drives have failed once in a while. This is done by just checking the pools.
sudo zpool status
Check Pool Balance
If you add to a pool that already contains data, your pool will initially be "unbalanced" and remain unbalanced until more data is written to the pool. This is because ZFS does not bother spreading the existing data around to make use of the new disks. If you keep adding data to the pool, it will eventually become balanced in terms of space utilized across the disks, but your existing data will still only be written on the initial disks unless you have it rewritten to the pool.
To check the balance of your pool, execute:
zpool list -v
Below is some example output of that command with my RAID10 pool that I recently added 2 x 8 TB drives to. As you can see, my array is heavily unbalanced and I will need to re-balance the array if I want to get much better performance.
NAME SIZE ALLOC FREE EXPANDSZ FRAG CAP DEDUP HEALTH ALTROOT zpool1 13.6T 4.21T 9.39T - 15% 30% 1.00x ONLINE - mirror 3.62T 2.20T 1.43T - 31% 60% sda - - - - - - sdb - - - - - - mirror 2.72T 1.65T 1.07T - 32% 60% sdc - - - - - - sdd - - - - - - mirror 7.25T 368G 6.89T - 2% 4% sde - - - - - - sdf - - - - - -
The easiest way to rebalance an array is probably to create a new temporary dataset, and move all the existing data to it, and then back again. By the end of the first move, the disks should be fairly utilized, but the individual files won't, and with the second pass, the files will also be fairly balanced.
Scrub a pool
sudo zpool scrub [pool name]
sudo zpool status
Create a Dataset
sudo zfs create [pool name]/[dataset name]
You can create a "descendent" dataset/filesystem like so:
sudo zfs create \ [pool name]/[dataset name]/[descendent filesystem]
List Datasets and Pools
sudo zfs list
sudo zfs destroy [pool name]/[dataset name]
Set Dataset Record Size
Read here for more information about what the record size actually does.
sudo zfs set recordsize=[size] pool/dataset/name
Get Dataset Record Size
sudo zfs get recordsize pool/dataset/name
zfs snapshot [pool]/[dataset name]@[snapshot name]
sudo zfs list -t snapshot
zfs rename [pool]/[dataset]@[old name] [new name]
zfs rollback -r [pool]/[dataset]@[snapshot name]
-f option forces the file system to be unmounted, if necessary.
Delete a Snapshot
zfs destroy tank/home/cindys@snap1
Creating RAID Arrays
Refer to my post on creating ZFS Pools.
Sharing Datasets Over NFS
zfs mount -a
zfs get all | grep mountpoint
sudo zfs set mountpoint=/path/to/mount zpool-name/dataset-name