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Protect Your zpools From Running Out of Space

One quirk of ZFS is that deleting a file actually uses a small amount of additional drive space to record the deletion, which causes significant problems if a zpool is ever allowed to fill up 100%.

Fortunately, it’s easy to prevent. As Benedict says:

Don't let your zpool fill up completely by creating a dataset with

# zfs create -o refreservation=<5% of total pool space> <poolname>/reserved

You can always shrink the reserve if you need the space, but your pool will
always have space left this way.

                -- Benedict Reuschling [...]


$ su

# zpool list -H -o size backup

# bc
3.62 * 0.05 * 1024
Broken pipe

# zfs create -o refreservation=185G backup/reserved

Thanks, Benedict.