Btrfs is a new copy on write filesystem for Linux aimed at implementing advanced features while focusing on fault tolerance, repair and easy administration. Initially developed by Oracle, Btrfs is licensed under the GPL and open for contribution from anyone.

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How can I use Kernel 3.19 in 14.04 now?

So I'm rebuilding my storage server. For stability, I want to use Ubuntu server 14.04 LTS as the OS. However, I'm planning to use Btrfs with RAID 5, and this has been greatly improved in kernel 3.19. ...
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Ubuntu thinks btrfs disk is full but its not

cat /etc/fstab # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> UUID=a168d1ac-4e13-4643-976d-6e47ea1732b1 /boot ext2 defaults ...
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What is the best way to partition, and what is the best file-system for a new Hard Disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's your recommendation on drive partitioning schemes for a desktop and home server? Is Btrfs in Maverick considered stable? Bonus: What is the "best" filesystem for ...
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btrfs and missing free space

I converted my ext4 partition to btrfs and deleted the save subvolume after doing so. Then I enabled the compression (lzo) of the filessystem in the fstab file and everything is correct so far. Then ...
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btrfs with multi devices fails automount in fstab

I'm trying to automount btrfs on 12.04-desktop-amd64. During bootsplash, fstab failed to mount btrfs and asked skip or manually prepare. On the rootshell, btrfs device scan and mount -a could ...
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Is Btrfs in 10.10 considered stable?

I'm upgrading my laptop to Maverick (10.10) and I noticed btrfs is an option for the filesystem. I read a while ago that the Ubuntu team weren't sure if it was going to be stable for Maverick. Does ...
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How can I convert my root partition from BTRFS to EXT4?

Is it possible to convert btrfs to ext4 without losing data? I'm experiencing a very low speed on read/write operations on btrfs.
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Message “Sparse file not allowed” after installing on a btrfs filesystem

I've installed Ubuntu without creating a swap partition and with / on a btrfs.# Now I get the message "Sparse file is not allowed" on each boot. This message appears before the splash-screen. Is there ...
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Creating btrfs subvolume like @ or @home

Being intrigued by btrfs I decided to toy around with it in a VM. Installation works great as long as I remember to put /boot on a separate partition and it all seems to work fine. What I would like ...
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How to make a btrfs snapshot?

My /home partition consists of an entire physical disk. It is formatted as btrfs. I want to snapshot it. I'm confused regarding subvolume naming, in particular. I am aware that there are similar ...
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How can I safely resize (shrink) a BTRFS partition?

I have my /home on a BTRFS partition and I need to shrink it, unfortunately Gparted does not have the resize option for this FS. Can I resize it in any other way without losing my data?
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How to stop disks from being automagically mounted on boot?

I have a btrfs filesystem RAIDed across several disks. The machine is connected via USB to an external hard-drive bay where three disks live. In my fstab I have a mount entry for one of the disks ...
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How stable is BTRFS in Ubuntu? [closed]

I see entries describing BTRFS on Ubuntu 12.04 has some concerns due mostly to the maturity of the BTRFS product. Now that we have 13.10 available, is the BTRFS file system reliable?
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Will btrfs automatically compress existing files when compression is enabled?

I chose btrfs as the format of my / filesystem in the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installer. After the installation completed, I added compress=lzo to the mount options in /etc/fstab and rebooted. Will the ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 bad taint on XFS and BTRFS

I've done a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 on a physical machine and a virtual machine and after the first reboot (and also at random times) on the screen I get a bad taint message for XFS and BTRFS ...
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How can I flip a single bit in a file?

I want to intentionally damage a file in order to test the claims that btrfs can heal itself. The article talks about taking the filesystem off, damaging a photo by "flipping" a single bit and then ...
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Btrfs subvolumes vs folders?

I've read a fair bit about btrfs's subvolumes feature. While it would seem interesting to have subvolumes for the main categories in a data filesystem, such as @films, @pictures, @music... What ...
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2015: Is BTRFS stable?

I know, questions like this have been asked before, but I'd like to get some up to date experiences.. From what I've read in various discussions, BTRFS seems like it's relatively stable, but once in a ...
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Is there a way to upgrade BTRFS? [closed]

Do I need to upgrade a BTRFS filesystem after upgrading Ubuntu, like I would with ZFS?
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Can't delete a btrfs snapshot

I can not delete the "apt-snapshot-release-upgrade-saucy-2013-10-19_00:52:26" btrfs snapshot. Here are the details: root@cioco:~# btrfs subvolume list -s / ID 261 gen 246 cgen 245 top level 5 otime ...
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How can I upgrade to a newer version of btrfs-tools?

The btrfs tools package in 12.04 appears outdated and doesn't take advantage of the newer features such as scrub introduced in kernel v 3.0. How can I upgrade to a newer version? Do I need to compile ...
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How to install using btrfs in RAID10 mode?

As a test I want to install Ubuntu 11.10 onto a btrfs file system in raid10 mode. However, I have no clue on how I should go about that. I have tried the installer, and then creating the fs in the ...
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Moving /boot to a separate partition

I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a partition with BTRFS as its file system, but it appears that grub2 seems to have some issues with that file system. For some reason it takes it very long time to boot ...
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Can 12.04 be installed using Btrfs only?

In the past it was not possible to install Ubuntu on a pure Btrfs file system (/ btrfs + swap), will it be possible for 12.04?
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Is there another way for me to backup /home/user other than creating a subvolume?

I think I'm having difficulty fully understanding subvolumes and snapshots. The /home partition is btrfs. I want to create a "backup" snapshot of /home/user (for example) but user has existed for ...
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Is it safe to remount btrfs with compression?

I've finally found how to enable compression in btrfs, and would like to do so. However, as my main drive, I'm not really wanting to risk a change that could corrupt the hard drive. Everything I've ...
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How to layout the filesystem for a small SSD and a big HDD?

Since I don't use my laptop's CD-drive I want to put a small (8 GB) SSD into the CD-drive slot (I'll use a caddy similar to this one). I want to use compressed btrfs on the SSD and put all the data on ...
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My approach for replacing current Ubuntu with newer

I'm working on Ubuntu 13.04 currently. I want to replace it with Ubuntu 13.10. For the same, please approve whether my approach mentioned below is right! I have created a bootable usb stick having ...
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Error while starting ubuntu 15.04

After i have upgraded my Dell Latitude E5540 to Ubuntu 15.04 i have the following upon booting up ! Scanning for Btrfs filesystem [FAILED] Failed to start Load Kernel Modules. See "systemctl status ...
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Can I have two distros on the same partition using btrfs?

I'm using btrfs successfully and have luckily separate home and system partitions. Using Ubuntu 13.10 and wanting to test 14.04, how can I do this using the btrfs file system? The system has an EFI ...
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Problem accessing old data on btrfs /home in ubuntu 14.04

I recently did a fresh installation of ubuntu 14.04 64 bit on my pc. Previously I was dual booting ubuntu 14.04 with windows(both 32 bit). My hdd is 500 GB. The previous structure of the hard disk was ...
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how to disable 'scanning btrfs filesystem' at system startup

After upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 14.04, I get a message "scanning for btrfs file systems" at starting-up. I don't have any BTRFS filesystem. It delays the booting for about 15 seconds. I ...
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Grub does not start anymore after removing a btrfs partition

I'm using Ubuntu 14.10. Consider the following setup: ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo blkid /dev/sdb1: UUID="0dde146f-ebdc-472d-83a2-48104e23cb8f" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="00061e41-01" /dev/sdb5: UUID="ffead33a-...
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Installing Ubuntu on btrfs over multiple drives

When I installed Ubuntu 13.04, I managed to combine a couple of outdated askubuntu answers, as well as some of the btrfs documentation in order to figure out how to install Ubuntu over two SSDs using ...