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Installation

Sanoid and Syncoid are complementary but separate pieces of software. To install and configure them, follow the guide below for your operating system. Everything in code blocks should be copy-pasteable. If your OS isn't listed, a set of general instructions is at the end of the list and you can perform the process manually.

Debian/Ubuntu

Install prerequisite software:

apt install libconfig-inifiles-perl pv lzop mbuffer

Clone this repo, build the debian package and install it (alternatively you can skip the package and do it manually like described below for CentOS):

# Download the repo as root to avoid changing permissions later
sudo git clone https://github.com/jimsalterjrs/sanoid.git
cd sanoid
ln -s packages/debian .
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us
apt install ../sanoid_*_all.deb

Enable sanoid timer:

# enable and start the sanoid timer
sudo systemctl enable sanoid.timer
sudo systemctl start sanoid.timer

CentOS

Install prerequisite software:

# Install and enable epel if we don't already have it, and git too
sudo yum install -y epel-release git
# Install the packages that Sanoid depends on:
sudo yum install -y perl-Config-IniFiles perl-Data-Dumper lzop mbuffer mhash pv

Clone this repo, then put the executables and config files into the appropriate directories:

# Download the repo as root to avoid changing permissions later
sudo git clone https://github.com/jimsalterjrs/sanoid.git
cd sanoid
# Install the executables
sudo cp sanoid syncoid findoid sleepymutex /usr/local/sbin
# Create the config directory
sudo mkdir /etc/sanoid
# Install default config
sudo cp sanoid.defaults.conf /etc/sanoid
# Create a blank config file
sudo touch /etc/sanoid/sanoid.conf
# Place the sample config in the conf directory for reference
sudo cp sanoid.conf /etc/sanoid/sanoid.example.conf

Create a systemd service:

cat << "EOF" | sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/sanoid.service
[Unit]
Description=Snapshot ZFS Pool
Requires=zfs.target
After=zfs.target
ConditionFileNotEmpty=/etc/sanoid/sanoid.conf

[Service]
Environment=TZ=UTC
Type=oneshot
ExecStart=/usr/local/sbin/sanoid --take-snapshots --verbose
EOF

cat << "EOF" | sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/sanoid-prune.service
[Unit]
Description=Cleanup ZFS Pool
Requires=zfs.target
After=zfs.target sanoid.service
ConditionFileNotEmpty=/etc/sanoid/sanoid.conf

[Service]
Environment=TZ=UTC
Type=oneshot
ExecStart=/usr/local/sbin/sanoid --prune-snapshots --verbose

[Install]
WantedBy=sanoid.service
EOF

And a systemd timer that will execute Sanoid once per quarter hour (Decrease the interval as suitable for configuration):

cat << "EOF" | sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/sanoid.timer
[Unit]
Description=Run Sanoid Every 15 Minutes
Requires=sanoid.service

[Timer]
OnCalendar=*:0/15
Persistent=true

[Install]
WantedBy=timers.target
EOF

Reload systemd and start our timer:

# Tell systemd about our new service definitions
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
# Enable and start the Sanoid timer
sudo systemctl enable sanoid.timer
sudo systemctl start sanoid.timer

Now, proceed to configure Sanoid

FreeBSD

Install prerequisite software:

pkg install p5-Config-Inifiles pv mbuffer lzop

Additional notes:

  • FreeBSD may place pv and lzop in somewhere other than /usr/bin — syncoid currently does not check path.

  • Simplest path workaround is symlinks, eg ln -s /usr/local/bin/lzop /usr/bin/lzop or similar, as appropriate to create links in /usr/bin to wherever the utilities actually are on your system.

  • See note about mbuffer and other things in FREEBSD.readme

Other OSes

Sanoid depends on the Perl module Config::IniFiles and will not operate without it. Config::IniFiles may be installed from CPAN, though the project strongly recommends using your distribution's repositories instead.

Syncoid depends on ssh, pv, gzip, lzop, and mbuffer. It can run with reduced functionality in the absence of any or all of the above. SSH is only required for remote synchronization. On newer FreeBSD and Ubuntu Xenial chacha20-poly1305@openssh.com, on other distributions arcfour crypto is the default for SSH transport since v1.4.6. Syncoid runs will fail if one of them is not available on either end of the transport.

General outline for installation

  1. Install prerequisites: Perl module Config::IniFiles, ssh, pv, gzip, lzop, and mbuffer
  2. Download the Sanoid repo
  3. Create the config directory /etc/sanoid and put sanoid.defaults.conf in there, and create sanoid.conf in it too
  4. Create a cron job or a systemd timer that runs sanoid --cron once per minute

Configuration

Sanoid won't do anything useful unless you tell it how to handle your ZFS datasets in /etc/sanoid/sanoid.conf.

Syncoid is a command line utility that doesn't require any configuration, with all of its switches set at runtime.

Sanoid

Take a look at the files sanoid.defaults.conf and sanoid.conf.example for all possible configuration options. Also have a look at the README.md

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