How to destroy a zombie zpool

Robert Boyer rwboyer at
Mon Jan 16 16:40:32 UTC 2012

most likely a ifs "label" on the disk from before that you need to get rid of before doing the install.


On Jan 16, 2012, at 11:37 AM, Daniel Staal wrote:

> I've got a weird problem...  I was working on installing 9.0 w/zfs on my laptop, messed up, rebooted, *formatted the drives* and restarted.  Got much further the next time, however...
> There is a zombie copy of the old zpool sitting around interfering with things.  'zpool import' lists it, but it can't import it because the disks don't actually exist.  'zpool destroy' can't delete it, because it's not imported.  ('No such pool')  Any ideas on how to get rid of it?
> Daniel T. Staal
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