Bug 177514 - [handbook] ZFS examples do not cover dataset creation within /home to permit quotas or mention possible overwrite w/ "zfs create"
Summary: [handbook] ZFS examples do not cover dataset creation within /home to permit ...
Status: Open
Alias: None
Product: Documentation
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Documentation (show other bugs)
Version: Latest
Hardware: Any Any
: Normal Affects Only Me
Assignee: freebsd-doc mailing list
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Reported: 2013-03-30 22:20 UTC by Bryan Bosworth
Modified: 2018-01-03 05:13 UTC (History)
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Description Bryan Bosworth 2013-03-30 22:20:00 UTC
Section 21.2 of the Handbook is excellent and very helpful for setting up ZFS, but  in ZFS Quotas it does not create a dataset for storage/home/bob. When I followed the instructions in a virtual machine, ZFS initially complained that there is no dataset for bob. 

When I did create a dataset with "zfs create storage/home/bob" it overwrote the user's home directory with a new one with root:root permissions. I have seen people report the same problem online (overwriting a directory by creating a dataset at the same location).


As far as I know, a dataset is required for ZFS to enforce a quota. Thus, a dataset for each /home/username directory must be created with "zfs create poolname/home/username" preferably before the user is added. 

In my experience, adding the user after dataset creation sets the correct permissions for the directory and the quota appears as the drive size e.g. when /home/bob is mounted as a Samba share.
How-To-Repeat: Create ZFS pool storage with dataset storage/home mounted on /home
Create user bob with home: /home/bob
"zfs create storage/home/bob" to permit quotas on storage/home/bob
"zfs set quota=5G storage/home/bob" now works, but the user directory has been overwritten
Comment 1 Eitan Adler freebsd_committer freebsd_triage 2017-12-31 07:59:33 UTC
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