• Checking to see if I should try ZFS at this juncture


    I have most recently ‘gone to bat’ for the Antergos Team in defense of pacman and Arch Build System:
    http://fossforce.com/2016/05/kicking-tires-arch-antergos/#comment-18149

    And wrote up this story in the recent past about Antergos:
    http://www.dtschmitz.com/2016/03/antergos-arch-linux-made-easy.html

    I wouldn’t mind if ‘someone’ would chime in on the review of Antergos at Fossforce.com and ‘back me up’.

    Anyhow, looking at this comparison of package management systems:
    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Pacman/Rosetta

    I note this conspicuous ‘unmet need’ for Antergos, as well as a few other Distros (excepting Fedora):

    http://i.imgur.com/Zf14RZg.png

    Which brings me to the subject of the wonderful ZFS addition you made to Antergos.

    Clearly, that was a brave, standout move and now distinguishes Antergos as being the first Distro to integrate ZFS into the installation process.

    Kudos for that.

    But, I held off from installing it, naturally, you understand, waiting for the ‘bugs’, as it were, to shake out.

    The question I put to you today:

    Is ZFS ‘ready for prime time’?

    If the answer is ‘yes’, then if I may ask, what are the optimal settings which should be performed in the install to facilitate installation of ZFS correctly.

    I’d like to follow up by making another review of Antergos called ‘Antergos with ZFS: Locked and Loaded’ with your kind assistance in giving the readership a good ‘how to’ on ZFS. Yes?

    Or, I would invite one of your developers to author the story directly on my site: http://www.dtschmitz.com if they feel so inclined.

    Please review and advise.
    Thank you all for your great work on Antergos.

    Dietrich Schmitz
    Your Linux Advocate
    [email protected]

  • Hi,

    Is ZFS ‘ready for prime time’?

    Yes. What’s “beta” is the Cnchi (our installer) installation. That’s because neither of us uses ZFS atm, so we created that installation part with little knowledge about how ZFS works.

    We tested it (all possible raid options), and it worked for us. There have been a couple of bugs already fixed by users contributions.

    If you are unsure, please, test it in a VM.

    Oh, and there’s no encryption.

    Oh, and you’ll need lots of RAM. The bigger your fs is, the more RAM you will need. By default, ZFS caches file operations using up to two-thirds of available system memory on the host.

    If the answer is ‘yes’, then if I may ask, what are the optimal settings which should be performed in the install to facilitate installation of ZFS correctly.

    There are no safe settings, but I would advice to leave as many things as you can by default in the zfs installer screen.

    I’d like to follow up by making another review of Antergos called ‘Antergos with ZFS: Locked and Loaded’ with your kind assistance in giving the readership a good ‘how to’ on ZFS. Yes?

    We’re not zfs experts. We did just set up a very basic setup. Our work was focused mainly in being able to install Antergos directly in a ZFS system as there was not much information on this at the time. Lately, there have been a lot of efforts to improve the Arch installation on ZFS wiki that we haven’t yet explored (see https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ZFS), but we will definitely add to our installer sooner or later.

    Or, I would invite one of your developers to author the story directly on my site: http://www.dtschmitz.com if they feel so inclined.

    That is very kind of you. Unfortunately we do not have the time atm to do it.

    Thanks for your interest!

    Cheers!

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