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I've been using btrfs since 2012, and while as of 2014, it's far from done, it's gone a long way in that time. I thought I'd post some tips and scripts from things I've learned through my own use and sharing with others, hence this page.
More generally, you'll find Btrfs documentation on the btrfs wiki.

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2014/04/26 Btrfs Tips: Cancel A Btrfs Scrub That Is Already Stopped
π 2014-04-26 00:00 in Btrfs, Linux

How to cancel a btrfs scrub that won't cancel

In some cases, btrfs scrub can be interrupted in a way that leaves it in a half state. State is stored in /var/lib/btrfs/scrub.status.UUID and if the relevant file indicates that scrub is still running (even though it is not), a new scrub cannot be started, nor the already stopped one cancelled.

This is fixed as shown below:

Problem:

gargamel:~# btrfs scrub start -d /dev/mapper/dshelf1
ERROR: scrub is already running.
To cancel use 'btrfs scrub cancel /dev/mapper/dshelf1'.
gargamel:~# btrfs scrub status  /dev/mapper/dshelf1
scrub status for 6358304a-2234-4243-b02d-4944c9af47d7
        scrub started at Tue Apr  8 08:36:18 2014, running for 46347 seconds
        total bytes scrubbed: 5.70TiB with 0 errors
gargamel:~# btrfs scrub cancel  /dev/mapper/dshelf1
ERROR: scrub cancel failed on /dev/mapper/dshelf1: not running

Fix:

gargamel:~# perl -pi -e 's/finished:0/finished:1/' /var/lib/btrfs/*

Verification:

gargamel:~# btrfs scrub status  /dev/mapper/dshelf1
scrub status for 6358304a-2234-4243-b02d-4944c9af47d7
        scrub started at Tue Apr  8 08:36:18 2014 and finished after 46347 seconds
        total bytes scrubbed: 5.70TiB with 0 errors
gargamel:~# btrfs scrub start -d /dev/mapper/dshelf1
scrub started on /dev/mapper/dshelf1, fsid 6358304a-2234-4243-b02d-4944c9af47d7 (pid=24196)

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