[Libguestfs] Ubuntu and ZFS

Richard W.M. Jones rjones at redhat.com
Thu May 30 09:28:29 UTC 2013

On Thu, May 30, 2013 at 09:19:58AM +0100, Tim Fletcher wrote:
> 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 ZFS-fuse is in the official Ubuntu repos but is rather outdated and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: https://launchpad.net/~zfs-native/+archive/stable
> 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.

Thanks for the explanation.

I guess we'll drop zfs-fuse in that case.  I have to do another build
of those Ubuntu packages shortly because they are vulnerable to

Note this means that it won't be possible to inspect ZFS-using guests
from an Ubuntu host.


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