Automating Scrub

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Re: Automating Scrub

Postby tangent » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:17 am

While I do get the value in periodic scrubbing, particularly for pools that primarily hold infrequently-read data, what I don't get is why this needs to be a feature of O3X. It's two steps to do this yourself:


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$ sudo crontab -e

Second, add this to the file in the editor the first command opens:

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@weekly /usr/local/bin/zpool scrub pool1 pool2

The full path to the zpool command is necessary because /usr/local/bin isn't in root's PATH on macOS. Even if you've modified your OS to change that, it's still good security practice.

Modify the list of pools as is locally appropriate.

It doesn't redirect any output because the command doesn't cause any unless there is a failure to start the scrub. You might want to somehow monitor the output of `zpool status` during the scrub, however.
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Re: Automating Scrub

Postby haer22 » Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:29 am

I scrub my three pools once a month on Friday night. As that is impossible to express in crontab I wrote a scrip that checks the the current weekday is a Friday.

Feel free to re-use/re-design it.

Call in crontab:
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# scrub once a month, the scrubscript only works once per week
1 1 1-7 * *   $scrub gaia               >> $log 2>&1
2 1 15-21  * *   $scrub zeus               >> $log 2>&1

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scrubDay=5      # 0-6: Sun, Mon, ... Sat
wDay=$(date +%w)
#echo $wDay

if [ "$1" = "-force" ]; then
    echo Forced!

if [ $wDay -eq $scrubDay ]; then
    echo $(date "$dateFmt") SCRUBDAY!
    zpool scrub $1
    sleep 5
    zpool status $1 | sed '/config:/,$d'
    echo $(date "$dateFmt") No scrubbing today "($1)"
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Re: Automating Scrub

Postby lundman » Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:55 pm

If my memory serves me, the legacy way to run something on the first Sunday of the month, was to add cron to run on all Sundays, then check if the day-of-month is 1-6 inclusive.

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00 09 * * 7 [ $(date +\%d) -le 07 ] && /run/your/script

Best part of Unix is that there are many solutions to the same problem, this is just another way to achieve the same thing.
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Re: Automating Scrub

Postby haer22 » Fri Aug 25, 2017 12:43 am

Aah, short and sweet!
lundman wrote:
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00 09 * * 7 [ $(date +\%d) -le 07 ] && /run/your/script

I try to keep my crontab as simple as possible so I usually put any logic in scripts. Debugging a missing end-quote, variable expansion, parenthesis etc in cron is not optimal.
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