Currently XFS Filesystems can't be shrunk.
To suppor shrinking XFS filesystems a few thinks needs to be implemented, based on a list by Dave Chinner :
- An ioctl or similar interface to prevent new allocations from a given allocation group.
- A variant of the xfs_reno tool to support moving inodes out of filesystem areas that go away.
- A variant of the xfs_fsr tool to support moving data out of the filesystem areas that go away.
- An ioctl or similar interface to prevent new allocations from a given allocation group
- Some way to move out orphan metadata out of the AGs truncated off
- A transaction to shrink the filesystem.
At that point, we'll got a "working" shrink that will allow shrinking to only 50% of the original size because the log will get in the way. To fix that, we'll need to implement transactions to move the log...
- A script from Ruben Porras to check if enough free space is available to support shrinking []
- A patch from Dave Chinner to allow / disallow allocation from an allocation group