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Ways to contact people

Ongoing work

Implementation documentation

Materials on other websites

ZFS On-Disk Specification – Draft (ZFSOnDiskFormat.pdf, Sun Microsystems, Inc., 2006-08)

  • sometimes known as the ZFS On-Disk Format document
  • outdated, but "hasn't changed that much, and backwards compatibility dictates that it's still useful as a base of knowledge"; "It's the closest thing we have to a comprehensive overview – and it's still mostly applicable, it just doesn't cover newer stuff … like SAs".

Examining ZFS On-Disk Format Using mdb and zdb (2008-06-28)

  • a forty-three minute video of Max Bruning presenting to the OpenSolaris Developer Conference in Prague.

The source tour (archive) describes the various subcomponents in ZFS.

Blog posts on ZFS features

Adaptive Replacement Cache, also known as Adjustable Replacement Cache (ARC)

Block allocation



Hot spares

Level 2 Adaptive Replacement Cache, also known as Level 2 Adjustable Replacement Cache (L2ARC)


Scrub and resilver


Space maps

ZFS Intent Log (ZIL)

Repo-specific developer documentation

  • Illumos integration process
  • Information about how to develop ZFS for the different distributions/pointers to them (e.g., how to build illumos)
    • in particular, documentation about how to test and possibly scripts for building
    • needs to be written/links provided by reps from those communities.