You can use the zfs promote command to replace an active ZFS file system with a clone of that file system. This feature enables you to clone and replace file systems so that the original file system becomes the clone of the specified file system. In addition, this feature makes it possible to destroy the file system from which the clone was originally created. Without clone promotion, you cannot destroy an original file system of active clones. For more information about destroying clones, see Destroying a ZFS Clone.
In the following example, the tank/test/productA file system is cloned and then the clone file system, tank/test/productAbeta, becomes the original tank/test/productA file system.
# zfs create tank/test # zfs create tank/test/productA # zfs snapshot tank/test/productA@today # zfs clone tank/test/productA@today tank/test/productAbeta # zfs list -r tank/test NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT tank/test 104M 66.2G 23K /tank/test tank/test/productA 104M 66.2G 104M /tank/test/productA tank/test/productA@today 0 - 104M - tank/test/productAbeta 0 66.2G 104M /tank/test/productAbeta # zfs promote tank/test/productAbeta # zfs list -r tank/test NAME USED AVAIL REFER MOUNTPOINT tank/test 104M 66.2G 24K /tank/test tank/test/productA 0 66.2G 104M /tank/test/productA tank/test/productAbeta 104M 66.2G 104M /tank/test/productAbeta tank/test/productAbeta@today 0 - 104M -
In this zfs list output, note that the disk space accounting information for the original productA file system has been replaced with the productAbeta file system.
You can complete the clone replacement process by renaming the file systems. For example:
# zfs rename tank/test/productA tank/test/productAlegacy # zfs rename tank/test/productAbeta tank/test/productA # zfs list -r tank/test
Optionally, you can remove the legacy file system. For example:
# zfs destroy tank/test/productAlegacy