It seems that it's currently impossible to have the entire boot drive converted to ZFS.

How would one go about converting a single disk HFS+ Filevault 2 setup into a setup which has full encryption and most of the advantages of ZFS?

I imagine that there will have to remain a boot partition which is HFS+ and all user data would have to somehow live on an encrypted ZFS partition that will get auto-mounted and perhaps symlinked to /Users ...

I'm on 10.8.3 and with CE Zevo (1.1)

  • Are you referring to something like this? apple.stackexchange.com/questions/52919/… Look at the answer by Graham Perrin.
    – liv3010m
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 20:31
  • Paging Graham Perrin. . . . GJ - You'll want to explicitly list a version of OS X and ZEVO/ZFS if you have any constraints you wish to have in force. You clearly can do this on Lion following the link above.
    – bmike
    Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 20:37
  • Thanks. I'm on 10.8.3 and CE Zevo, so would appreciate and up to date answer as well as a bit more newbie-friendly instructions than those found in Graham's previous answer.
    – GJ.
    Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 0:34
  • Sorry, I missed the alert! Commented Oct 25, 2013 at 20:24

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Short answer … two Core Storage logical volumes, both encrypted:

  • one LV, HFS Plus
  • the other LV, give to ZEVO.

You'll need ZEVO Community Edition 1.1.1 (1.1 is outdated).

In the answer to the linked question there's a note about Mountain Lion; OS X 10.8.5 makes things a little more difficult.

  • Thanks, but I am mostly wondering about how to elegantly set up the Users to live on a different volume and auto-mount etc. Perhaps this isn't a zevo/zfs-specific question but is nevertheless essential in this context due to zevo's inability to work for boot partitions.
    – GJ.
    Commented Oct 27, 2013 at 14:58

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