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can't get proper size on disk for sparse files


When I create sparse file on my vserver from an NFS client then try to access to over CIFS it does not have the sparse attribute flag set so the size on disk (AllocationSize) is not reported accurately


Is it possible to configure the filer to properly represent the sparse status of the file in CIFS view?





I am running this on "NetApp Release 8.2.2 Cluster-Mode"



According to https://kb.netapp.com/support/index?page=content&id=2018128&locale=en_US files must be created via CIFS to have sparse bit set. This is about 7-Mode though; it could be different in C-Mode. I suggest opening case with NetApp to clarify. If you get an answer, post here, it is interesting.


I can manually add the sparse flag onto the files created from NFS and then the AllocationSize is reported correctly, however short of applying the flag to every file I have no way of knowing which files are sparse from the CIFS view

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