The btrfs property command is a command-line utility in Linux that is used to manage and manipulate the properties of a btrfs file system. btrfs property is a utility that is included in the btrfs-progs package, which is a collection of tools and libraries for managing btrfs file systems.
Btrfs is a copy-on-write (CoW) file system that is included in the Linux kernel and is known for its advanced features and capabilities, such as snapshotting, incremental backups, and more. btrfs property is a tool that allows you to set, get, and list the various properties of a btrfs file system, such as its label, mount options, and more.
To use btrfs property, you will need to have the btrfs-progs package installed on your Linux system. btrfs-progs is usually available as a package in the repositories of popular Linux distributions, and you can install it using the package manager for your specific distribution.
btrfs property Command Examples
1. List available properties (and descriptions) for the given btrfs object:
# btrfs property list /path/to/btrfs_object
2. Get all properties for the given btrfs object:
# btrfs property get /path/to/btrfs_object
3. Get the label property for the given btrfs filesystem or device:
# btrfs property get /path/to/btrfs_filesystem label
4. Get all object type-specific properties for the given btrfs filesystem or device:
# btrfs property get -t [subvol|filesystem|inode|device] /path/to/btrfs_filesystem
5. Set the compression property for a given btrfs inode (either a file or directory):
# btrfs property set /path/to/btrfs_inode compression [zstd|zlib|lzo|none]