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# BtrFS as ongoing project

BtrFS is still an ongoing project for me, but if it will become a production platform for me soon is the question. Also playing with mirroring on BtrFS level made me wonder even more as it does the calculating about storage usage a little bit differently. Normally with mirroring you see the storage you can allocate and has been allocated. With BtrFS you see the total amount of data available on all disks combined as shown in the example below.

$sudo btrfs filesystem df /mnt Data, RAID1: total=5.98GB, used=5.36GB System, RAID1: total=8.00MB, used=4.00KB System: total=4.00MB, used=0.00 Metadata, RAID1: total=256.00MB, used=6.01MB$ df -h /mnt
Filesystem                Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/vg01-btrfsm1   16G   11G  4.8G  70% /mnt


I really like ZFS, but I really wonder if BtrFS could replace it. For now, I see too many drawbacks in how BtrFS has been implemented and how distributions may use it. Maybe when Debian 8 is in testing it may be a better time to give BtrFS another chance, but swap space and encrypted file systems are still problems that need to be tackled.