Migrating ZFS on Linux pools to FreeBSD

krad kraduk at gmail.com
Thu Feb 4 15:21:04 UTC 2016

to add a bit more, both kernels use the same zfs core code, as do most
illumos based OS's. So there shouldn't be compatibility issues as others
have said as long as the feature flags supported by the kernel are = or >
the pool versions.


On 4 February 2016 at 14:35, Brandon J. Wandersee <
brandon.wandersee at gmail.com> wrote:

> Matthew Seaman writes:
> >> I understand FreeBSD's ZFS implementation is more mature and pre-dates
> >> the Linux port, and some web searches indicate the two may not be
> >> entirely compatible.
> To add to what Matthew said: if FreeBSD uses a more recent version of
> zpool, and you run `zpool upgrade` on FreeBSD, I presume that would be a
> point of no return. And while I can't say for certain--since I've never
> tried it--actively sharing a single zpool between two operating systems
> might be a bit of a pain. You'd need to export the pool from one system
> and then import it to the other on every boot, no?
> In short, permanently moving a pool from Linux to FreeBSD shouldn't be
> any hassle. Moving in the other direction, however...
> --
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