[Libguestfs] Ubuntu and ZFS

Tim Fletcher tim at night-shade.org.uk
Thu May 30 08:19:58 UTC 2013

Moved from Richard's blog to here....

A couple of people have requested removing the dependency on zfs-fuse 
from the ubuntu packages that Richard released last week, and there is 
some confusion about the state of ZFS in Ubuntu.

There are 2 Linux compatible implementations of ZFS, zfs-fuse 
(http://gitweb.zfs-fuse.net/) and ZFS on Linux (http://zfsonlinux.org/).

ZFS-fuse is in the official Ubuntu repos but is rather outdated and 
almost all development has stopped.

ZFS on Linux (aka ZoL) is an open source but license incompatible kernel 
module that is under active development and released as source packages 
for most major distos. There is a ppa for Ubuntu here: 

ZoL is actively used in various NAS distros, as well as things like 
proxmox. I am currently using it as a backup target combined with rsync 
and snapshots.

ZFS-fuse and ZoL packages can't be installed together and so installing 
guestfish which depends on zfs-fuse causes removal of the ZoL packages.

Tim Fletcher
<tim at night-shade.org.uk>

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