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== Comment about stability ==
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{{Note|The name of the file system does not seem to have an official capitalization, so the rule for the ArchWiki has been arbitrarily set to use "Btrfs" (capital "B" and the rest lower-case); "btrfs" and "BTRFS" are therefore wrong spellings in this wiki. -- [[User:Kynikos|Kynikos]] ([[User talk:Kynikos|talk]]) 09:36, 6 January 2014 (UTC)}}
Btrfs is still under heavy development; it might be useful if someone familiar with btrfs were to add a section commenting on its overall stability. [[User:Vikingurinn|Vikingurinn]] ([[User talk:Vikingurinn|talk]]) 16:52, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
 
  
== Troubleshooting is now outdated ==
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== <s>Things to do</s> ==
Would be great of some early adopters would modernize this section now that the stable release of btrfs-progs has hit [testing].  As the warning says, the package now includes the btrfsfsck which can fix problems on the filesystem!
 
  
[[User:Graysky|Graysky]] 19:27, 28 March 2012 (EDT)
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Here are some items that seem to need addressing on this article. I am working on various parts of it at the moment.
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# Reflow headings:
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## Goals: [[Effective_Use_of_Headers#Use_of_headers_and_headings]]
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### Helpful ideas:
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#### [[Effective_Use_of_Headers#False_multi-level_structure]]
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##### Side-note
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##### Auxiliary information
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#### [[Effective_Use_of_Headers#Multi-level_structure]]
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##### Group arguments
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##### Alternative arguments
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##### Contradictory arguments
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#### [[Effective_Use_of_Headers#The_header_text]]
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#### [[Article_Naming_Guidelines]]
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##### Specificity, "Descriptivity," Brevity, "Expandibility,"
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### See [https://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Main_Page Btrfs Wiki] for ideas.
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### See [[Beginners' Guide]] for ideas.
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## Proposed changes
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### "Installation" -> "'''Preparation'''"
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#### New -> "'''System Requirements'''"
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#### Remove -> "Additional packages"
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##### Move -> links to "See also" or "Related".
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#### "Partitioning" -> "'''Prepare the storage drive'''"
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##### '''OR:''' "Partitioning" (as a child) -> "'''''Choose a partition scheme'''''"
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### New -> "'''Create file systems'''"
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#### "Creating a new file system" -> "'''New file systems'''"
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##### "'''Examples'''"
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###### New -> "'''Single-drive file systems'''"
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###### "Multi-device filesystem and RAID feature" -> "'''Multi-drive file systems'''"
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####### Reduce content, provide links to "Btrfs Wiki" instead.
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#### "Convert from Ext3/4" -> "'''Convert existing file system'''"
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### New -> "'''Configuring the file system'''"
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#### '''OR:''' Move -> "'''Tips and tricks'''"
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#### Move -> "'''Mount options'''"
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##### "Copy-On-Write (CoW)" -> "'''Copy-on-write'''"
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###### "Checkpoint Interval" -> '''Merge'''
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##### Move -> "'''Compression'''"
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#### New -> "'''Skinny extents'''"
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#### Move -> "'''Sub-volumes'''"
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#### New -> "'''Quotas'''"
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### New -> "'''File system management'''"
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#### Move -> "'''Balance'''"
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#### Move -> "'''Defragmentation'''"
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#### Move -> "'''Display used/free space'''"
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#### Move -> "'''Balance'''"
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#### Move -> "'''Snapshots'''"
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### Move -> "'''Tips and tricks'''"
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### New -> "'''Troubleshooting'''"
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#### Move -> "'''Encryption'''"
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#### Move -> "'''GRUB'''"
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#### Move -> "'''Swap file'''"
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#### New -> "'''Btrfsck'''"
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##### See -> https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=156100
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### Move -> "'''See also'''"
  
== Convert Ext3/4 to Btrfs ==
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Edits:
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[[User:AdamT|AdamT]] ([[User_talk:AdamT|Talk]]) 08:27, 28 November 2013 (UTC);
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[[User:AdamT|AdamT]] ([[User_talk:AdamT|Talk]]) 04:03, 29 November 2013 (UTC);
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[[User:AdamT|AdamT]] ([[User_talk:AdamT|Talk]]) 04:10, 29 November 2013 (UTC);
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[[User:AdamT|AdamT]] ([[User_talk:AdamT|Talk]]) 02:35, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
  
Just wondering about step #3: "Setup the network"
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: I hope to get to this soon if there are no objections or comments. [[User:AdamT|AdamT]] ([[User_talk:AdamT|Talk]]) 20:09, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
I can't see any reason that this is needed. [[User:Capturts|Capturts]] ([[User talk:Capturts|talk]]) 18:35, 23 November 2012 (UTC)
 
  
: It's because of Step #5: Installing btrfs-progs. This is based off of the old install mediums, which  had local versions of programs, unless the remote repositories were enabled like in step #2. Since the new install mediums are remote-only (however they might have some filesystem tools on them), the entire section needs updating. [[User:Klink-a-dink-dink|Klink-a-dink-dink]] ([[User talk:Klink-a-dink-dink|talk]]) 01:06, 24 November 2012 (UTC)
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:: I believe all of his has been addressed except for quotas. -- [[User:Rdeckard|Rdeckard]] ([[User_talk:Rdeckard|talk]]) 17:27, 25 July 2016 (UTC)
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::: I believe everything in this proposal has been covered in the article. Closing this discussion.  -- [[User:Rdeckard|Rdeckard]] ([[User_talk:Rdeckard|talk]]) 12:31, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
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== "Displaying used/free space" needs rewrite ==
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Section "Displaying used/free space" needs a rewrite. I will hopefully do that when I have time.
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* The example with /usr/bin/df is misleading (on simple setups it's reporting disk usage ('used' value) quite accurate).
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* "btrfs filesystem usage" should be mentioned on top
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* there should be a link to https://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/FAQ#How_much_free_space_do_I_have.3F
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{{unsigned|03:28, 17 November 2016‎|Mearon}}
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== Proposal to add lzo compression warning ==
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The [https://wiki.debian.org/Btrfs Debian btrfs page] has a warning about compress=lzo being possibly dangerous, citing the [https://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-btrfs/msg56563.html thread here]. I propose adding a warning section that simply notes this possibility and cites either the Debian wiki, the linked thread, or both. -- [[User:altercation|altercation]]
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:It might be worth a note pointing to the thread, ''but'' the user in that thread [https://www.spinics.net/lists/linux-btrfs/msg58676.html reports he was using RAID6], which is already warned against in the wiki article. The rest of it seems to be just guessing that lzo is affecting it. Hard to know since he was using RAID6. -- [[User:Rdeckard|Rdeckard]] ([[User_talk:Rdeckard|talk]]) 00:50, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Latest revision as of 12:31, 23 March 2017

Note: The name of the file system does not seem to have an official capitalization, so the rule for the ArchWiki has been arbitrarily set to use "Btrfs" (capital "B" and the rest lower-case); "btrfs" and "BTRFS" are therefore wrong spellings in this wiki. -- Kynikos (talk) 09:36, 6 January 2014 (UTC)

Things to do

Here are some items that seem to need addressing on this article. I am working on various parts of it at the moment.

  1. Reflow headings:
    1. Goals: Effective_Use_of_Headers#Use_of_headers_and_headings
      1. Helpful ideas:
        1. Effective_Use_of_Headers#False_multi-level_structure
          1. Side-note
          2. Auxiliary information
        2. Effective_Use_of_Headers#Multi-level_structure
          1. Group arguments
          2. Alternative arguments
          3. Contradictory arguments
        3. Effective_Use_of_Headers#The_header_text
        4. Article_Naming_Guidelines
          1. Specificity, "Descriptivity," Brevity, "Expandibility,"
      2. See Btrfs Wiki for ideas.
      3. See Beginners' Guide for ideas.
    2. Proposed changes
      1. "Installation" -> "Preparation"
        1. New -> "System Requirements"
        2. Remove -> "Additional packages"
          1. Move -> links to "See also" or "Related".
        3. "Partitioning" -> "Prepare the storage drive"
          1. OR: "Partitioning" (as a child) -> "Choose a partition scheme"
      2. New -> "Create file systems"
        1. "Creating a new file system" -> "New file systems"
          1. "Examples"
            1. New -> "Single-drive file systems"
            2. "Multi-device filesystem and RAID feature" -> "Multi-drive file systems"
              1. Reduce content, provide links to "Btrfs Wiki" instead.
        2. "Convert from Ext3/4" -> "Convert existing file system"
      3. New -> "Configuring the file system"
        1. OR: Move -> "Tips and tricks"
        2. Move -> "Mount options"
          1. "Copy-On-Write (CoW)" -> "Copy-on-write"
            1. "Checkpoint Interval" -> Merge
          2. Move -> "Compression"
        3. New -> "Skinny extents"
        4. Move -> "Sub-volumes"
        5. New -> "Quotas"
      4. New -> "File system management"
        1. Move -> "Balance"
        2. Move -> "Defragmentation"
        3. Move -> "Display used/free space"
        4. Move -> "Balance"
        5. Move -> "Snapshots"
      5. Move -> "Tips and tricks"
      6. New -> "Troubleshooting"
        1. Move -> "Encryption"
        2. Move -> "GRUB"
        3. Move -> "Swap file"
        4. New -> "Btrfsck"
          1. See -> https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=156100
      7. Move -> "See also"

Edits: AdamT (Talk) 08:27, 28 November 2013 (UTC); AdamT (Talk) 04:03, 29 November 2013 (UTC); AdamT (Talk) 04:10, 29 November 2013 (UTC); AdamT (Talk) 02:35, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

I hope to get to this soon if there are no objections or comments. AdamT (Talk) 20:09, 4 January 2014 (UTC)
I believe all of his has been addressed except for quotas. -- Rdeckard (talk) 17:27, 25 July 2016 (UTC)
I believe everything in this proposal has been covered in the article. Closing this discussion. -- Rdeckard (talk) 12:31, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

"Displaying used/free space" needs rewrite

Section "Displaying used/free space" needs a rewrite. I will hopefully do that when I have time.

—This unsigned comment is by Mearon (talk) 03:28, 17 November 2016‎. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

Proposal to add lzo compression warning

The Debian btrfs page has a warning about compress=lzo being possibly dangerous, citing the thread here. I propose adding a warning section that simply notes this possibility and cites either the Debian wiki, the linked thread, or both. -- altercation

It might be worth a note pointing to the thread, but the user in that thread reports he was using RAID6, which is already warned against in the wiki article. The rest of it seems to be just guessing that lzo is affecting it. Hard to know since he was using RAID6. -- Rdeckard (talk) 00:50, 23 March 2017 (UTC)