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In relation to the outdated post http://www.solaris-cookbook.eu/linux/debian-kanotix-proxmox-install-zfs-native/ Things have become much easier now How to install ZFS native on Debian 7 or Proxmox 3.x 1) become root sudo su – 2) Install ZFS wget http://archive.zfsonlinux.org/debian/pool/main/z/zfsonlinux/zfsonlinux_3%7Ewheezy_all.deb dpkg -i zfsonlinux_3~wheezy_all.deb apt-get update apt-get install debian-zfs kernel upgrade After updating the Kernel you most likely have to do the following steps: make sure you have the headers installed (proxmox example) aptitude install pve-headers-$(uname -r) (it will pick the current running kernel version. If you just updated the kernel you better reboot first.) ln -s /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/build /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/source aptitude reinstall spl-dkms zfs-dkms That should cover you on a kernel update Related posts: Debian / Kanotix / Proxmox: Install ZFS Native Linux: Install Proxmox Virtual Environment on Debian 6.0 Squeeze Distro (Kanopix) ZFS: Fun with ZFS – is compression and deduplication useful for my data and how much memory do I need for zfs dedup? […]

Talking about ZFS and ARC CACHE Generally ZFS is designed for servers and as such its default settings are to allocate: – 75% of memory on systems with less than 4 GB of memory – physmem minus 1 GB on systems with greater than 4 GB of memory (Info is from Oracle but I expect the same values for ZFS native on Linux) That might be too much if you intent to run anything else like virtualisation or applications on the server and while ZFS returns cached memory when a memory intensive application asks for it, there might be a delay to do so causing some waits. We want to limit the memory ZFS can allocate to give some air to breath for the applications. However this won’t make any significant performance improvement to the filesystem itself. It’s just to free memory for other application which might have started to […]

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