[GLLUG] BTRFS and snapshots?

JLMS jjllmmss at googlemail.com
Fri Apr 25 10:16:01 UTC 2014

On 24 April 2014 20:18, Benjamin Donnachie <benjamin at py-soft.co.uk> wrote:

> Does anyone on this list have any practical experience with BTRFS and in
> particular snapshots?
> I like the way my Macs provide Time Machine backups quickly and
> efficiently and I'd like to implement something similar on my Fedora box.
>  While backintime provides similar functionality it uses rsync to ascertain
> what files have changed and takes an age to scan my 2TB home directory.
> I have plans to extend my RAID6 array to 16TB useable and don't want it to
> spent all day scanning unchanged files.  From the limited research I've
> done so far (Procrastination as I'm currently revising for an exam next
> week) BTRFS and snapshots look like a better solution.
> However, all the talk about BTRFS being unstable makes me a little
> nervous.  Which leads me to ask, does anyone on the list have any practical
> experience with BTRFS?  Is it ready for prime time?  Will snapshots achieve
> what I want or should I return to revision?
> Regards,
> Ben
> [1] http://backintime.le-web.org/
I had a look at btrfs and its conventions made my head hurt :-)

I would recommend trying ZFS.
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