1. Status of NetBSD zfs port

NetBSD zfs port is work in progress and can easily panic your system.

ZFS currently works ony on i386 and amd64!!

2. Using NetBSD ZFS port


Use any -current build from i386 or amd64 architecture. All tools and modules should be built by default, now. There are 2 modules used for ZFS solaris.kmod and zfs.kmod. Solaris module provides solaris like interfaces to zfs on NetBSD. The second module is zfs and provides zfs file system functions.


User need to

modload solaris
modload zfs

After loading modules user can create zpool(zfs version of volume manager) and manage zfs file systems on it.

zpool create {zpool name} {type} {device} 

where type is:

device is blod device on NetBSD /dev/sd0a for example.

zpool create tank mirror /dev/sd0a /dev/sd1a  creates mirrored zpool between 2 disk partitions.

With zpool created we can create zfs filesystems or zvols(zfs logical volume disks)

zfs create -V {size} tank/{zvol name} creates zvol with {zvol name} from ZPOOL called tank

Logical disk is created in

/dev/zvol/rdsk/{zpool name}/{zvol name} 

/dev/zvol/dsk/{zpool name}/{zvol name}

zfs create tank/{zfs name} create zfs filesystem on a zpool called tank 


After creating ZVOLS and filesystem they are saved in a /etc/zfs/zpool.cache file and loaded after nextzfs module load.

3. Known Bugs

Show stoppers




Current code is quite a hack but it works until I will find some time to rework vnode reclaiming on NetBSD.


Functional bugs

External Documentation links

Nice zfs howto written for zfs + mac os x http://code.google.com/p/maczfs/wiki/GettingStarted

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