Oracle Solaris ZFS Administration Guide

Creating Complex ZFS Queries

The zfs list output can be customized by using the -o, -t, and -H options.

You can customize property value output by using the -o option and a comma-separated list of desired properties. You can supply any dataset property as a valid argument. For a list of all supported dataset properties, see Introducing ZFS Properties. In addition to the properties defined, the -o option list can also contain the literal name to indicate that the output should include the name of the dataset.

The following example uses zfs list to display the dataset name, along with the sharenfs and mountpoint property values.

# zfs list -o name,sharenfs,mountpoint
NAME                   SHARENFS         MOUNTPOINT
tank                   off              /tank
tank/home              on               /tank/home
tank/home/ahrens       on               /tank/home/ahrens
tank/home/bonwick      on               /tank/home/bonwick
tank/home/chua         on               /tank/home/chua
tank/home/eschrock     on               legacy
tank/home/moore        on               /tank/home/moore
tank/home/tabriz       ro               /tank/home/tabriz

You can use the -t option to specify the types of datasets to display. The valid types are described in the following table.

Table 6–2 Types of ZFS Datasets




File systems and clones 





The -t options takes a comma-separated list of the types of datasets to be displayed. The following example uses the -t and -o options simultaneously to show the name and used property for all file systems:

# zfs list -t filesystem -o name,used
NAME              USED
pool              476K
pool/clone         18K
pool/home         296K
pool/home/marks   277K
pool/test          18K

You can use the -H option to omit the zfs list header from the generated output. With the -H option, all white space is replaced by the Tab character. This option can be useful when you need parseable output, for example, when scripting. The following example shows the output generated from using the zfs list command with the -H option:

# zfs list -H -o name