Wednesday, January 6, 2016

[Tutorial] Install zerofree on CentOS 6, 7, Redhat, Fedora, ...

You might need zerofree when you want to compact your VM's hard disk. There's no RPM package of this application for Centos 6 or 7 (rhel 6 & rhel 7) so the only way is to compile it from the source. It goes like this:

yum install e2fsprogs-devel -y
tar -zxf zerofree-1.0.3.tgz
cd zerofree-1.0.3


after successfully building the application, copy it to /usr/bin

cp zerofree /usr/bin

Now you can remount the destination partition as read-only and zerofree it!

You can also use dd instead of zerofree:

dd if=/dev/zero of=test.file
...wait for the virtual disk to fill, then
rm test.file

and shut the VM down. Then on your VirtualBox host do:
VBoxManage modifyhd --compact yourImage.vdi


  1. seriously, why you install it from source when EPEL has zerofree?

    yum install zerofree