Oracle Solaris ZFS Administration Guide

Setting ZFS Properties

You can use the zfs set command to modify any settable dataset property. Or, you can use the zfs create command to set properties when a dataset is created. For a list of settable dataset properties, see Settable ZFS Native Properties.

The zfs set command takes a property/value sequence in the format of property=value followed by a dataset name. Only one property can be set or modified during each zfs set invocation.

The following example sets the atime property to off for tank/home.

# zfs set atime=off tank/home

In addition, any file system property can be set when a file system is created. For example:

# zfs create -o atime=off tank/home

You can specify numeric property values by using the following easy-to-understand suffixes (in increasing order of magnitude): BKMGTPEZ. Any of these suffixes can be followed by an optional b, indicating bytes, with the exception of the B suffix, which already indicates bytes. The following four invocations of zfs set are equivalent numeric expressions that set the quota property be set to the value of 50 GB on the tank/home/marks file system:

# zfs set quota=50G tank/home/marks
# zfs set quota=50g tank/home/marks
# zfs set quota=50GB tank/home/marks
# zfs set quota=50gb tank/home/marks

The values of non-numeric properties are case-sensitive and must be in lowercase letters, with the exception of mountpoint and sharenfs. The values of these properties can have mixed upper and lower case letters.

For more information about the zfs set command, see zfs(1M).