[OpenIndiana-discuss] experimental or otherwise not recommended options for ZFS
sardonic.smiles at gmail.com
Mon Jan 30 05:38:56 UTC 2012
Someone can correct me if I'm not 100% accurate, but:
Those features are thoroughly tested and not experimental. That said:
nothing is guaranteed to keep your data safe, and if you're truly worried
about it, don't use dedupe. In fact set ZFS to write multiple copies of
everything. Create a ZFS pool with -o copies=2 or -o copies=3. Enable
verification if you insist on dedupe, but if you're really worried about
it, don't try to save space by writing less copies of the same data. The
more copies you have of something, the less likely you are to lose it.
>From my understanding, the likelihood of a ZFS hash collision with SHA256
is 1 in 10^77, or 1 in
which means writing a yotabyte or 10 of data before you're likely to see an
incorrect hashing. Given that it's ZFS, not YFS, I don't think it's really
If you're using consumer grade hardware, you're more likely to see problems
caused by that than OI or ZFS. Your drives are more likely to read or write
bad data than ZFS is likely to screw up. Likewise, using non-ECC RAM is
going to cause you problems almost infinitely more often than ZFS dedup
screw ups are.
Personally, I have all my photos on a FS that is deduped, without verify,
and haven't had any issues with the data. I'm using about 400GB of space in
photos, with a dedupe ratio of 1.05. But I also back up to a spare 1TB
drive once a week that I bring to work.
If your biggest concern is data redundancy and reliability, don't do
anything to keep less copies of it, even if that means sacrificing hard
On Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 22:48, Jan Owoc <jsowoc at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm building a home NAS so I don't care too much about performance,
> but *do* care if I lose all my photos. I'm aware that ZFS had a very
> extensive test suite that ensured that data is kept safe.
> Are the newer capabilities (specifically checksum=sha256,
> compression=on, dedup=verify) thoroughly tested and guaranteed to keep
> my data safe? Are any of the above options considered experimental or
> otherwise not recommended if one cares about data integrity? The
> documentation I encounter enumerates or explains the options without
> going into detail about stability or reliability.
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Seconds to the drop, but it seems like hours.
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