When a snapshot is created, its disk space is initially shared between the snapshot and the file system, and possibly with previous snapshots. As the file system changes, disk space that was previously shared becomes unique to the snapshot, and thus is counted in the snapshot's used property. Additionally, deleting snapshots can increase the amount of disk space unique to (and thus used by) other snapshots.
You can identify additional information about how the values of the used property are consumed. New read-only file system properties describe disk space usage for clones, file systems, and volumes. For example:
$ zfs list -o space # zfs list -ro space tank/home NAME AVAIL USED USEDSNAP USEDDS USEDREFRESERV USEDCHILD tank/home 66.3G 675M 0 26K 0 675M tank/home@now - 0 - - - - tank/home/ahrens 66.3G 259M 0 259M 0 0 tank/home/ahrens@now - 0 - - - - tank/home/anne 66.3G 156M 0 156M 0 0 tank/home/anne@now - 0 - - - - tank/home/bob 66.3G 156M 0 156M 0 0 tank/home/bob@now - 0 - - - - tank/home/cindys 66.3G 104M 0 104M 0 0 tank/home/cindys@now - 0 - - - -
For a description of these properties, see Table 6–1.