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Replication Options

- type: push
  filesystems: ...
      initial:     guarantee_resumability # guarantee_{resumability,incremental,nothing}
      incremental: guarantee_resumability # guarantee_{resumability,incremental,nothing}

protection option

The protection variable controls the degree to which a replicated filesystem is protected from getting out of sync through a zrepl pruner or external tools that destroy snapshots. zrepl can guarantee resumability or just incremental replication.

guarantee_resumability is the default value and guarantees that a replication step is always resumable and that incremental replication will always be possible. The implementation uses replication cursors, last-received-hold and step holds.

guarantee_incremental only guarantees that incremental replication will always be possible. If a step from -> to is interrupted and its to snapshot is destroyed, zrepl will remove the half-received to’s resume state and start a new step from -> to2. The implementation uses replication cursors, tentative replication cursors and last-received-hold.

guarantee_nothing does not make any guarantees with regards to keeping sending and receiving side in sync. No bookmarks or holds are created to protect sender and receiver from diverging.


Using guarantee_incremental instead of guarantee_resumability obviously removes the resumability guarantee. This means that replication progress is no longer monotonic which might lead to a replication setup that never makes progress if mid-step interruptions are too frequent (e.g. frequent network outages). However, the advantage and reason for existence of the incremental mode is that it allows the pruner to delete snapshots of interrupted replication steps which is useful if replication happens so rarely (or fails so frequently) that the amount of disk space exclusively referenced by the step’s snapshots becomes intolerable.


When changing this flag, obsoleted zrepl-managed bookmarks and holds will be destroyed on the next replication step that is attempted for each filesystem.