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Goodbye, ZFS; Hello, btrfs…

Published 2013-10-04

(subtitled: …At least for now.) I’m a huge enthusiast when it comes to ZFS. But recent issues and concerns with it have caused me to abandon it (at least for now) in favor of using btrfs for some of my critical data. For the last several months, I’ve used the Greenbytes/ZEVO community version of ZFS on my Macs. I served up a music library in RAID10 from a Mac Mini attached to my living room stereo, and have my photos in RAID10 attached to an iMac in my home office.

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SMB/CIFS Sharing from OS X to Linux

Published 2013-03-26

I ran into issues recently trying to share files from OS X (Mountain Lion, 10.8.3) to Linux (Ubuntu Server 12.10) using SMB/CIFS. I couldn’t get the basic mount commands or /etc/fstab settings to work on Linux; these continually returned a cryptic error message “Invalid argument” and associated error code of -22. Trying different combinations of mount options from the few relevant up-front Google results I could find didn’t fix the issue.

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