[Bug 262685] periodic 223.backup-zfs saving ever changing properties, unuseful daily e-mails

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Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2022 15:06:02 UTC

            Bug ID: 262685
           Summary: periodic 223.backup-zfs saving ever changing
                    properties, unuseful daily e-mails
           Product: Base System
           Version: 12.3-RELEASE
          Hardware: Any
                OS: Any
            Status: New
          Severity: Affects Many People
          Priority: ---
         Component: misc
          Assignee: bugs@FreeBSD.org
          Reporter: 000.fbsd@quip.cz

The script /etc/periodic/daily/223.backup-zfs should save informations about
zpool and zfs layout and some useful properties. These informations should be
useful for recreating the pool layout after some disaster (machine parseable?).
I am the author of the original version from the PR 86388 and this was my
There should not be any statistical information (compress ratio, space usage

These commands were used for this in the original 223.backup-zfs

zpool list -vp
zfs list -p -H -o name,mountpoint
zfs get -H -p -t filesystem,volume all | grep -E -v
zpool get -H -p all | grep -E -v

They were changed in committed version to simple

zpool list
zfs list 
zfs get
zpool get

But this breaks some things. Current and previous backup files are compared and
differencies are being e-mailed. This committed version will see differences in
things like compress ratio, space usage and other things which should not be
included in the backed up informations.

Then this unuseful informations are being sent to the user just because there
is difference in disk space useage

Backup of ZFS information for all imported pools
< sys/usr                                 10.0M  12.3G    88K  none
< sys/usr/home                            8.88M  12.3G  1.48M  /usr/home
> sys/usr                                 10.1M  12.3G    88K  none
> sys/usr/home                            8.89M  12.3G  1.48M  /usr/home
< sys/var/tmp                             3.38M  12.3G   148K  /var/tmp
> sys/var/tmp                             3.38M  12.3G   140K  /var/tmp
< tank0/vol0/web                           265M  9.80T  9.54M  /vol0/web
> tank0/vol0/web                           265M  9.80T  9.47M  /vol0/web

Also I don't see dumping properties for snapshots much useful but it can be
painfully slow on systems with a lot of snapshots, that's why my original
version had zfs get -H -p -t filesystem,volume all.
I see this can be changed in /etc/periodic.conf with daily_backup_zfs_get_flags
but I think there should be more sane defaults.

I am using the original version from 2017 but now, after upgrading FreeBSD to
version with 223.backup-zfs shipped in the base I am seeing long list of
changes in each daily e-mail.

I really would like to talk to somebody who is in charge for periodic scripts
and find a way to make it better for all users. I can provide patches if we
agree on what and how should be done.

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