[zfs-discuss] Best filesystem to run on a ZVOL?

Dan Swartzendruber dswartz at druber.com
Fri May 24 11:33:19 EDT 2013

> Looks like I can use raw files with virtualbox easily enough, so no
> converting between raw images and VDI needed, but the other issue is
> using rsync to back up the VM images. Can't use rsync directly on a zvol
> :(
> Anyone got a workaround for that?
> Is there a way to access a ZVOL like a big file for the purposes of
> backing it up, or copying over the network?

Depending on the filesystem type, snapshot the zvol, clone it (to another
zvol of course), mount that on a temporary mount point,

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