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Re: versioning file system

On 10/26/18 12:59 PM, Jonathan Dowland wrote:
On Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 05:32:52PM -0700, David Christensen wrote:
Has anybody tried copyfs, fsvs, or anything else with file versioning?

I haven't, but I would postulate that if they worked as well as you
might hope, we'd all already be using them.

I would postulate that most of us use what is provided OOTB -- e.g. by the Debian installer (d-i) -- and what is fully integrated/ supported into the distribution -- e.g. Apt, systemd, userspace, whatever.

I wrestled with ZFS on Debian a few years back (on Wheezy?). Then and now, Apt offered the zfs-fuse package. zfs-fuse was slow and had a dated feature set, but it worked and was reasonably well integrated into Debian. ZFS on Linux (ZOL) was available as a download. I built and installed it. ZOL was performant and up-to-date, but integrating ZOL into Debian was my responsibility. So, I wrote some scripts and hacked them into the init and shutdown systems. ZFS rocked, but my amateur integration was brittle. And, I soon realized that ZFS is unsupported by the d-i rescue shell. Now I use btrfs.