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Ceph Cookbook - Second Edition by Karan Singh, Michael Hackett, Vikhyat Umrao

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Resizing Ceph RBD

Ceph supports thin provisioned block devices, which means that the physical storage space will not get occupied until you begin storing data on the block device. The Ceph Block Device is very flexible; you can increase or decrease the size of an RBD on the fly from the Ceph storage end. However, the underlying filesystem should support resizing. Advance filesystems such as XFS, Btrfs, EXT, ZFS, and others support filesystem resizing to a certain extent. Please follow filesystem specific documentation to know more about resizing.

XFS does not currently support shrinking, Btrfs, and ext4 do support shrinking but should be done with caution!

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