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20 July 2010


I have recently been looking at using some low-power hardware that has Debian installed (and does not support OpenSolaris).  Combined with Oracle's demantling of Sun, I decided to test zfs-fuse.  These instructions are in no way supposed to indicate the correct or easiest way -- simply the way I managed to get it installed and tested.

  1. download the Debian Lenny installer
  2. create a new VirtualBox machine
    1. make sure to create some extra drives... so in addition to SCSI0/sda being set aside for a 20gig hard drive, I created SCSI1-SCSI5 (sdb-sdf) as 2gig drives labeled "ztest1" through "ztest5"
    2. keep track of those addition sdX names, you will need them later
  3. reboot when prompted; make sure to remove the installer CD
  4. su - root
  5. apt-get install sudo bzip2
  6. visudo
    1. uncomment the sudo group line at the bottom
  7. nano /etc/group
    1. add yourself to the sudo group
  8. apt-get install build-essential
  9. apt-get install libaio-dev libattr1-dev libacl1-dev libz-dev libfuse-dev libfuse2 scons libssl-dev
  10. exit
    1. to get back to your user
  11. mkdir work
  12. cd work
  13. wget
  14. bunzip2 zfs-fuse-0.6.9.tar.bz2
  15. tar xvf zfs-fuse-0.6.9.tar
  16. rm zfs-fuse-0.6.9.tar
  17. cd zfs-fuse-0.6.9/src
  18. scons
  19. sudo scons install
  20. nano ~/.profile
    1. PATH="$PATH:/sbin:/usr/local/sbin"
  21. log out and back in
  22. modprobe fuse
  23. sudo nano /etc/fstab
    1. add this line:

      none /sys/fs/fuse/connections fusectl none 0 0
  24.  sudo mount -a -t fusectl
  25.  sudo zfs-fuse &
  26.  sudo zpool create rpool raidz2 /dev/sdb /dev/sdc /dev/sdd /dev/sde /dev/sdf
  27. sudo zfs create rpool/data
On reboot, I had some issues (I need to write a proper boot script), but I did this to get it running again:
  1. su - root
  2. modprobe fuse
  3. mount -a -t fusectl
  4. zfs-fuse &
  5. zpool status
  6. zfs list
  7. zfs mount rpool/data

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