Oracle Solaris ZFS Administration Guide

Renaming a ZFS File System

File systems can be renamed by using the zfs rename command. With the rename subcommand, you can perform the following operations:

The following example uses the rename subcommand to rename of a file system from kustarz to kustarz_old:

# zfs rename tank/home/kustarz tank/home/kustarz_old

The following example shows how to use zfs rename to relocate a file system:

# zfs rename tank/home/maybee tank/ws/maybee

In this example, the maybee file system is relocated from tank/home to tank/ws. When you relocate a file system through rename, the new location must be within the same pool and it must have enough disk space to hold this new file system. If the new location does not have enough disk space, possibly because it has reached its quota, rename operation fails.

For more information about quotas, see Setting ZFS Quotas and Reservations.

The rename operation attempts an unmount/remount sequence for the file system and any descendent file systems. The rename command fails if the operation is unable to unmount an active file system. If this problem occurs, you must forcibly unmount the file system.

For information about renaming snapshots, see Renaming ZFS Snapshots.