Mark Sumter: "Appreciating ZFS"

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 6:00pm

For August we are pleased to have KnoxBUG's very own Mark Sumter presenting. Mark Sumter is a book editor for writers acting as their own indie publisher and as an interior text layout designer for nonfiction manuals and novels. His tools of choice are LaTex and nvi because "the interior text of a book should be beautiful. Text layout without thought is an affront to the eyes." He is also a hardware systems integrator for small businesses.

"Appreciating ZFS"

Unless you're a business sys admin or use a mix of OSes at home or customize your filesystem layout, chances are you use the file system your OS or distribution uses without giving much thought to it. For those of us who revel in knowing how our preferred filesystems work and their underlying structures, we often perform "magic" for ordinary users.

Join us for a Q&A of ZFS, the default PC-BSD/TrueOS filesystem and optional filesystem for FreeBSD. We'll begin with an overview of administering its top-level features, then walk through how ZFS creates a checkpoint, manages pools and uses its nonoverwriting features. By discussing how each layer (ZPL, ZAP, ZIL, DSL, SPA, ZVOL, RAIDZ, VDEV and ARCs) works, anyone can appreciate ZFS. Every how-to question will be answered or a resource given in search of one.


The location will once again be at the Blount County Library. We will be in the Dorothy Herron room - Room A. There should also be a sign directing people to the room in the hallway. If you have any questions about the meeting, you can contact us by signing up for our mailing list or visiting us on #knoxbug.