Oracle Solaris ZFS Administration Guide

Querying ZFS Properties for Scripting

The zfs get command supports the -H and -o options, which are designed for scripting. You can use the -H option to omit header information and to replace white space with the Tab character. Uniform white space allows for easily parseable data. You can use the -o option to customize the output in the following ways:

The following example shows how to retrieve a single value by using the -H and -o options of zfs get:

# zfs get -H -o value compression tank/home

The -p option reports numeric values as their exact values. For example, 1 MB would be reported as 1000000. This option can be used as follows:

# zfs get -H -o value -p used tank/home

You can use the -r option, along with any of the preceding options, to recursively retrieve the requested values for all descendents. The following example uses the -H, -o, and -r options to retrieve the dataset name and the value of the used property for export/home and its descendents, while omitting the header output:

# zfs get -H -o name,value -r used export/home
export/home             5.57G
export/home/marks       1.43G
export/home/maybee      2.15G