Root on ZFS, FreeBSD and Linux back and forth

Michael Schuster michaelsprivate at
Tue Aug 2 15:25:22 UTC 2016

I think it'd be interesting to know what you're planning to achieve with
this process.


On Tue, Aug 2, 2016 at 5:17 PM, Rares Vernica <rvernica at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I have two hard drives. One has root-on-ZFS created by FreeBSD (on
> installation) and one with Linux. I wonder if it is safe and reliable to
> use the root-on-ZFS disk back and forth between FreeBSD and Linux. On Linux
> I plan to use ZFS-on-Linux. Both FreeBSD and ZFS-on-Linux seem to use
> version 5000.
> To import the zpool in Linux, it seems it needs to be forced. FreeBSD does
> not export it on shutdown and I am not sure how or if I should do it.
> How would FreeBSD deal with the zpool if it notices that Linux imported it?
> Will FreeBSD force the import on boot? Do I have to take special
> precautions for FreeBSD to import the ZFS disk and boot from it once Linux
> has touched it?
> Also, is ZFS-on-Linux trustworthy enough not to mess up the disk?
> Thanks!
> Rares
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Michael Schuster
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